The Knicks have had trouble attracting star free agents for the last decade, and they reportedly botched their meeting with LeBron James in 2010.
James had the Knicks as his top choice before meeting with them, Bill Simmons of The Ringer recently said on The Bill Simmons Podcast.
"From everyone I've talked to in the know since then, it's clear that the Knicks were the first choice," Simmons explained. "It was basically the Knicks' to lose, and they just couldn't stay out of their own way. The stories are legendary."
According to Simmons, before opting to sign with the Miami Heat and form a big three with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, James wouldn't even grant the Knicks a second meeting after a first meeting that Simmons called a "disaster."
"Dolan was Dolan," Simmons said about Knicks owner James Dolan. "They didn't have anything prepared. It just couldn't have gone worse by all accounts. It was a disaster. I think at that point, combined with the decade the Knicks just had, I think those guys were just like 'f--k it.'"
After missing out on James before the 2010-11, the Knicks signed Amar'e Stoudemire to a five-year deal worth close to $100 million.
New York then traded for Carmelo Anthony in February of 2011 and added Tyson Chandler before the 2011-12 season.
But they only had one season of real success with Stoudemire, Anthony, and Chandler as their core, when the team reached the second round of the playoffs during the 2012-13 season. They have not won a playoff series since.
Meanwhile, they have continued to swing and miss on big free agents, including last offseason, when they cleared a ton of cap space only to watch Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving sign with the Brooklyn Nets.