If the New York Knicks failed at one thing this season, it was the ability to manage expectations.

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The overachieving roster that was projected to win 25 games but soared to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference in 2020-21 entered this season with the belief that their success was set to be duplicated.

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On paper, that theory was accurate: New York returned nine players from that playoff team, including All-Star Julius Randle, and signed veteran guards Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier.

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However, as this season proved, the 41-win season from a year ago and the revamped backcourt portrayed a false belief that the rebuild started in 2020 by president of basketball operations Leon Rose was complete.