2003–04 New York Knicks season

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2003–04 New York Knicks season
Stephon Marbury's first season with the Knicks
Head coach Don Chaney
Herb Williams
Lenny Wilkens
General manager Scott Layden
Isiah Thomas
Owner(s) Cablevision
Arena Madison Square Garden
Results
Record 39–43 (.476)
Place Division: 3rd (Atlantic)
Conference: 7th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East First Round
(eliminated 0–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television MSG Network
Radio WFAN
< 2002–03 2004–05 >

The 2003–04 New York Knicks season was the 58th season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). During the offseason, the Knicks signed All-Star center Dikembe Mutombo in free agency.[1] The Knicks started the season by losing seven of their first nine games as fans at the Garden chanted "Fire Layden", in reference to general manager Scott Layden.[2][3] Knicks fans would get their wish as Layden was fired and replaced by former Detroit Pistons star Isiah Thomas.[3][4]

In January, the Knicks traded Antonio McDyess and Charlie Ward to the Phoenix Suns for All-Star guard Stephon Marbury and Anfernee Hardaway.[5] Ward was released by the Suns, and later signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs.[6] At midseason, Thomas made more moves, trading Keith Van Horn to the Milwaukee Bucks for Tim Thomas.[7]

With a 39–43 record, which placed them third in the Atlantic Division, the Knicks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. In the first round, the Knicks were swept in four games by the New Jersey Nets.[8] New York did not return to the playoffs until the 2010–11 season.[9] Following the season, Mutombo was traded to the Chicago Bulls, who then dealt him to the Houston Rockets.[10]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2003 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 9 Michael Sweetney F  United States Georgetown
2 30 Maciej Lampe F  Poland Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)

Roster[edit]

New York Knicks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G/F 49 United States Anderson, Shandon 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Georgia
F/C 42 United States Baker, Vin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 232 lb (105 kg) Hartford
G/F 1 United States Hardaway, Penny 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Memphis
F 32 United States Harrington, Othella 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Georgetown
G 20 United States Houston, Allan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Tennessee
F 4 United States Johnson, DerMarr 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 201 lb (91 kg) Cincinnati
G 3 United States Marbury, Stephon 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Georgia Tech
C 13 United States Mohammed, Nazr 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Kentucky
C 55 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mutombo, Dikembe 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Georgetown
G 25 United States Norris, Moochie 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) West Florida
F 50 United States Sweetney, Mike 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 295 lb (134 kg) Georgetown
F/C 40 United States Thomas, Kurt 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Texas Christian
F 5 United States Thomas, Tim 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Villanova
C 14 Poland Trybański, Cezary 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Poland
G 30 United States Williams, Frank 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Illinois
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Roster

Regular season[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-New Jersey Nets 47 35 .573 28–13 19–22 18–7
x-Miami Heat 42 40 .512 5 29–12 13–28 15–10
x-New York Knicks 39 43 .476 8 23–18 16–25 15–7
x-Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 11 19–22 17–24 14–10
Philadelphia 76ers 33 49 .402 14 21–20 12–29 10–14
Washington Wizards 25 57 .305 22 17–24 8–33 3–21
Orlando Magic 21 61 .256 26 11–30 10–31 8–16


Record vs. opponents[edit]

2003–04 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NOH NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta 3–1 3–1 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–3 1–3 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–2
Boston 1–3 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–4 1–3 3–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–1
Chicago 1–3 2–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 4–0 1–1 1–3
Cleveland 3–1 1–3 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–2 3–1 4–0 2–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 2–2
Dallas 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
Denver 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–0 4–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–0
Detroit 3–1 3–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 0–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–0
Golden State 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
Houston 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 3–1 0–4 0–4 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–0
Indiana 4–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–3 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–1
L.A. Clippers 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–0 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–0
Memphis 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–0 1–3 2–0
Miami 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–3 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–2 3–2 3–1 1–3 4–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 4–0
Milwaukee 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 3–1
Minnesota 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 4–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–3 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–0
New Jersey 3–1 2–2 3–0 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–3 1–3 1–1 2–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 4–0
New Orleans 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 3–1
New York 3–0 3–1 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 0–2 4–0
Orlando 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 4–0
Philadelphia 2–1 1–3 4–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–2
Phoenix 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–3 1–1
Portland 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 0–4 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1
Sacramento 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 4–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–1 1–1
San Antonio 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 4–0 4–0 2–2 4–0 2–0 4–0 2–0
Seattle 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 4–0 1–3 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 1–1
Toronto 3–1 1–3 0–4 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–3 0–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3
Utah 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 3–1 1–1 1–1
Washington 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "2003–04 New York Knicks Schedule and Results". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Robbins, Liz (December 23, 2003). "Pro Basketball; The Listing Knicks Make a Change at the Top". The New York Times. Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ Mcshane, Larry (September 29, 2007). "Two sides to every story with Knicks coach Isiah Thomas". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ Robbins, Liz (January 6, 2004). "Pro Basketball; Knicks Bring Marbury Home in Big Trade". The New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ Badger, T. A. (January 9, 2004). "Spurs sign ex-Knick Charlie Ward". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  7. ^ "2003–04 New York Knicks Transactions". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ "2003–04 New York Knickerbockers Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 16 April 2009. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Knicks beat Cavaliers, clinch first playoff spot since 2004". USA Today. Associated Press. April 4, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Mutombo says he's leaving Bulls for Rockets". USA Today. Associated Press. September 8, 2004. Retrieved February 22, 2017.