The New York Knicks have lost seven of their last eight, and in that stretch have a bottom eight offense and defense. Carmelo Anthony‘s shoulder is bothering him, there’s concern about the workload for Kristaps Porzingis, and the Knicks remain below .500 and out of the playoffs as of today.
Considering this team made win-now moves last summer bringing in Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to go with ‘Melo, everyone around the team should be frustrated.
Porzingis is, as he told Marc Berman of the New York Post after the Knicks fell to the Pacers on Saturday.
“In the moment we were four games out of .500, I said it — I don’t see ourselves as that good of a team yet,’’ Porzingis said in his season’s most candid remarks. “We were still growing. We were winning games, but we still had a lot to learn. It was a good moment based on our talent, but we weren’t there yet and now it’s showing. We got to figure this out and keep growing as a team. It’s not coming together yet. It’s frustrating.’’
All season the problems with the Knicks have started on the defensive end, but the fears that Rose and Anthony can be ball stoppers and inefficient have come true as well — the Knicks are 1-12 when Rose takes 17 or more shots. That’s not a coincidence.
Knicks fans would understand a rough season or two if they could see a plan of bringing in young players to build a foundation with and around Porzingis, but the feeling that there can never be a rebuild in New York has the organization stuck. Until the mentality changes in the front office, we may just see variations of this team on the court.
Knicks president Steve Mills is reportedly laying the groundwork to fire coach David Fizdale.
One step: Mills and general manager Scott Perry addressing the media after Sunday’s loss to the Cavaliers while Fizdale was still in the locker room. Mills and Perry stressed that the team wasn’t meeting expectations, seemingly a veiled shot at the coach.
Adrian Wojnarowski on ESPN:
The dismissal of David Fizdale is inevitable, and there was, I think, a bond broken between management and their head coach with how they handled things after that loss Sunday night.
Coaches are hired to be fired, but this sounds far more urgent than that.
As long as Fizdale has his job, he has a chance to save it. If the Knicks start playing better, they could keep him.
But that seems unlikely with this underwhelming roster.
Which is why New York is reportedly also considering a front-office change.
When Doc Rivers coached Austin Rivers on the Clippers, accusations of favoritism ran rampant. Playing with the Rockets against the Clippers tonight, Austin showed where his loyalties lie.
Not with his father.
The Clippers were letting the game (an eventual 102-93 Houston win) get away from them when Doc argued a call. Austin stood nearby and urged the referee to call a technical foul. The official eventually obliged and ejected Doc.
That’s when Austin really hammed it up – waving off Doc then making the call-me gesture. The disrespect!
Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant has had a game-saving block and game-winning assist.
Now, he has the glory of a game-winning shot.
Morant sealed the Memphis’ 119-117 win over the Hornets with a driving scoop in the final second tonight. He led Memphis with 23 points and 11 assists.
I want to give P.J. Tucker a break. He’s the Rockets’ most (only?) reliable defender. He has such a heavy burden covering for James Harden, Russell Westbrook and just generally undersized lineups.
But this missed layup was so bad. And that stumble over the stanchion really seals the goof.