A look at the dismal state of the NBA's landmark franchises

Outside of the San Antonio Spurs, the NBA's most storied franchises are in a state of disarray.
by Berry Tramel Published: February 8, 2014
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photo - Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill (27) goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. The Heat won 109-102. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill (27) goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. The Heat won 109-102. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Outside of the San Antonio Spurs, the NBA's most storied franchises are in a state of disarray:

NEW YORK KNICKS

Tradition: Two titles (1970, 1973); eight-time NBA Finalist.

Recent: Just one playoff series victory since 2000, last year against Boston. Missed playoffs six straight years, between 2004 and 2011.

Current: 20-30, 10th in the Eastern Conference.

Future: Bleak. Carmelo Anthony can become a free agent this summer, or he can play one more season under his current contract, for $23.5 million. The Knicks also owe the oft-injured Amare Stoudemire $23.4 million and Tyson Chandler $14.6 million next season, plus they owe Andrea Bargnani $12 million next season.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Tradition: 16 NBA titles, 31 NBA Finals.

Recent: NBA titles in 2009 and 2010, but just two playoff series victories the last three years combined.

Current: 18-32, 13th in the Western Conference.

Future: Wide open. Next season, the Lakers owe Kobe Bryant $23.5 million and Steve Nash $9.7 million. But otherwise, L.A. has little salary commitment. Can the Lakers rebuild immediately?

BOSTON CELTICS

Tradition: 17 NBA titles, 21 NBA Finals.

Recent: 2008 NBA champion, 2010 NBA Finalist and 2012 Eastern Conference finalist.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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