Not that long ago, the New York Knicks’ assistant general manager, Allan Houston, was an active member of the team. While he played with them, he distinguished himself as a consistently high scorer. So when Houston’s contract came up for renewal in 2001, signing him again seemed like a no-brainer — even if the $100 million price tag seemed a little steep.
What no one foresaw was the bevy of knee injuries that would afflict him during the 2003-2004 season, causing him to miss 32 games. Houston returned to the court but his pain was persistent and he only played in 20 games in the 2004-2005 season. Houston played his last game in December 2004 and announced his retirement in 2005. There was still the matter of his $100 million salary, all of which was guaranteed, and all of which he received for doing nothing but nurse a knee injury.