Back in November 2007, a displeased David Stern said that the New York Knicks were "not a model of intelligent management."

Back then, Isiah Thomas was running the franchise into the ground and getting his employer, Madison Square Garden, sued in federal court.

That was five years ago and since then, Donnie Walsh and Glen Grunwald have both done wonders for the credibility of the general manager's office over at 2 Penn Plaza. But one thing that forever seems to ring true for the Knicks is that nothing ever comes easy.

No deal, no acquisition — not even for a 38-year old free agent center.

In professional sports, the GM with the bifocals will win. You've got to be able to see the bigger picture and you can't be so blinded by optimism that you don't objectively evaluate everything.

So that's my challenge to you.