The New York Knicks are currently sitting with a 27-42 record, well out of the Playoff race. Once again, it looks like there will be no meaningful basketball played in the city of New York past mid-April.
In January, Kristaps Porzingis blamed the Knicks chemistry on the mid-season hole they found themselves in. Yesterday, he once again echoed those comments.
“I think it was pretty easy to tell from the inside that we’re not that good of a team,” Porzingis said to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. “We can win games based off of our talent but that’s not going to last long and that’s exactly what happened.”
“It was just a good moment that we were up. We were winning games based off of our talent. But we just weren’t there yet, and now it’s kind of showing that we’re not there yet.
“Of course, we all expected big things out of this year,” but from the beginning it didn’t feel like… I felt like we would make good runs but we weren’t there at that level yet where we wanted to be. And you can see it now we’re not where we wanted to be.”
The Knicks find themselves in an interesting position. Coming into the off-season they front office are going to have to think about what direction they want the flailing franchise to go in moving forward.
Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose’s futures at the franchise are going to be talk of much speculation, along with injured big-man Joakim Noah. Furthermore, it’s clear that this roster isn’t built to play the triangle offense that General Manager Phil Jackson, rightly or wrongly, wants to see them play.
Outside of Porzingis and Spanish rookie big-man Willy Hernangomez, there aren’t too many pieces on this Knicks team that can be built around in a much needed rebuild.
In regards to Melo, who is about to miss the Playoffs for the fourth-straight year, after never missing them in every one of his previous NBA seasons, Porzingis feels for his veteran leader.
“Of course it’s tough for (Anthony),” Porzingis said to Isola. “Nobody wants to lose, especially in New York. It’s extremely tough. That’s how it is. Melo… he does what he can for the team, for the city. So obviously, he’s not happy either. Nobody is happy with these results.”
Via: New York Daily News