Phil Jackson’s record as an executive with the Knicks is 72-149. The team is on pace to miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season after spending almost $130 million on free agents Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Brandon Jennings.

If the Eastern Conference weren’t horrible, then 2016-17 would already be a complete failure for the Knicks. As it stands now, they’re only four games behind the eighth seed Detroit Pistons.

A desperate run at a first round playoff sweep is kind of sad, but that’s what this season has come to for the Knicks.

Grade: D