Sunday , Jan , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Despite Record, Knicks Still Selling Season Tickets

“The fact that we’re only down roughly 1.7 percent going into tonight’s games, I’m pleased about,” Granger said Friday. “Our teams have been very resilient thus far.”

Although the Knicks have the advantage of playing in a city of roughly eight million people, it is hard to overstate the challenge of filling the Garden.

The 2000s were a lost decade, littered with bloated payrolls, internal feuds, sexual-harassment lawsuits and coaching changes. The Knicks have not won a playoff series since 2000 or had an All-Star since 2001. Without controversy, they would have been wholly uninteresting.

The seven other franchises that sold at least 10,000 season-ticket plans this season are all contenders, playoff teams or likely playoff teams: the Boston Celtics, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Orlando Magic, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder.