Island of misfit toys

How the perfect mess of the Knicks has become a perfect joy to behold

Originally Published: January 24, 2013
By Pablo S. Torre | ESPN The Magazine

THEY SNAKED INTO Madison Square Garden, just after sundown, and began to disrobe before 16 images of the Larry O'Brien Trophy. It was Nov. 2, the day of the season opener, and the tableau was entirely of Mike Woodson's making. The previous March -- when the ex-assistant had assumed control of the Knicks after the resignation of his boss, Mike D'Antoni -- Woodson had ordered that those 1-foot-tall, white-bordered cutouts of the trophy be affixed to the keypad-secured cabinet atop ...

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