Derek Fisher on Knicks’ wins: ‘We can go from 15 to 63 if we really want to’


Phil Jackson requested optimism from Knicks fans.

Owner James Dolan is on board.

Coach Derek Fisher is REALLY on board.

Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN:

The Knicks’ head coach said Thursday that the Knicks “will turn around quickly.” When asked about potentially duplicating a dramatic 23-game turnaround like the Milwaukee Bucks (38-40) have done this season, Fisher said the Knicks are capable of something much more stunning.

“I guess that’s possible, but we are not here trying to squeeze in, we are not here trying to go from 15 to 36,” said Fisher, whose Knicks currently have 15 wins. “That’s just not who we are. So it can turn around quickly. It will turn around quickly.

“But we don’t really have to put a number on it,” Fisher continued. “We are 6-21 in games [decided] by six points or less this year. So we lost 21 games on two possessions. So we don’t have go from 15 to 36 next year. We can go from 15 to 63 if we really want to. But that is up to us.”

I have one follow-up question for Fisher: If his team can simply choose to win 63 games, why didn’t it choose to do so this season?