The Knicks have long had problems starting at the top, but let's start at the bottom. Rock bottom. That's what the Knicks hit on Sunday night when they decided to lie down and surrender to a team that was predicted to be one of the worst in the league this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers. No disrespect to the boomers who are rebuilding their own, but Knicks turned them into a team of world fights.
In the first half, the Cavs – who entered the game allowing 109.1 points per 100 possessions (18th in the league) – used the Knicks to a moderate 36 points. By the end of the night, the Kavs defense improved by nearly three points to 100 possessions and was up to 17th in the league. At one point in the game, the Cavs led 72-42. If you look at the boxing result, you might be confused by some numbers: Knicks outscored the Cavs by seven (eight offensively), somehow shooting better than 3, but still losing 108-87. Of course, the players went to the Serenade on colors from their home audience.[[[[Put on New York Post header:]Soft? More like Meh-ka.
It was a bad loss, but not historic or distant from any means. (Cleverness: The Knicks have already lost 21 points to the Kings this season.) In any other world, for any other franchise, the defeat would cause some criticism for a lack of work or a rumble list, and then the next game will come and secure something else to talk about. Oh, but not Knicks. No, see, James Dolan thought that just taking L was not enough. The Knicks had to deploy a crisis team to put it on their sleeves and try to explain their futility over the obvious fact that everyone else can see with their own eyes: The Knicks are not a good basketball team or franchise.
So, immediately after the Cowboys' defeat on Sunday night, Team President Steve Mills and General Manager Scott Perry went on to hold an impromptu press conference (what I would call one of the worst phrases in the sport). )
Knicks president Steve Mills: "Obviously Scott and I are not happy right now." Mills said they still believe in coaching staff, but admits they did not play as expected. He and Scott Perry speak to reporters after their 21st loss, which is rare
– Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 11, 2019
This was rich text. Mills and Perry have repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction with the results in just 10 games and said the team did not play as expected, that the team is built for greater success from the current record of 2-8. Looking at Mills and Perry, the architects of this split list, they say they were not satisfied with the results, it is like watching a restaurant owner complain about a meal after giving the cook only expired ingredients.
I would say that a two-win Knicks is a little miracle. Take a look at this team. They literally employ only guards and power up front, plus Reggie Bullock (who hasn't played due to herniated disk surgery) and Wayne Ellington. Sure, head coach David Heisdale deserves some of the blame, but I imagine trying to figure out lineups and rotations for this team is like trying to complete Sudoku's puzzle while wearing blindly. However, Fidzal succumbed to some of the shadows that Mills and Perry dropped just minutes before he went to the podium.
Those new white hairs on Fizdale's chin shout, "We're not in Miami anymore." Still, you have to give Fizdale the galaxy's ultimate brain and point out the fact that, yes, technically, Nix is just two matches by eight-carriers. Bless his heart.
Mills and Perry said they feel they need to turn to the media convey their frustration at the fans. I imagine this only made things worse. For those fans who believe losing is now a win later, the expectation of the front office that this list could compete is ridiculous; their message that the team should have more wins is not what you want to hear. This is a team that doesn't even know how to do the tank properly. And for those fans who are allergic to losing purpose and want to see immediate results, well, let's deal with that, because they are not coming and there is no change in trading and training to change that.
Both Mills and Perry backed Hizdale and said they believed in him and his vision. But there was no other way to look at Sunday's press than to see a scapegoat table. While game reports seemed to have no immediate changes, they could happen in season (it might not be a bad idea to update LinkedIn, Fiz). The problem, of course, is that Fizadeel is not the problem, and his release will be just a cosmetic change. And here we find the root of all themes: Dolan.
Remember when Knicks decided to make a statement apologizing to his fans just hours after it became clear that both Kevin Durant and Curry Irving had woken up to the Nets? Sunday's proceedings concerned the same lack of self-awareness. But where this statement in July was seen as a desperate struggle to say something that should not be said, Sunday's impromptu press conference was a concerted effort that was a clumsy calculation. Yes, the Knicks were awful in Sunday's match, but they only beat Christoph Porzingis and the Mavericks on Friday thanks to Frank Ntilikina's impressive play and more positive flashes from RF Barrett. For a hot second it seemed that the Knicks season could serve its intended purpose: to lose a ton of games, trade in some of its own funds and develop their future core. How naive to forget who is calling the shots.
Dolan, making Mills and Perry, address the media only served to highlight the real problem: This is all about saving a person for him. In spending on the front office, Dolan hopes to control the agenda and face criticism while at the same time dismissing the blame from the real source: he. As the world, basketball or otherwise, perceives it, it seems to him that he cares first and foremost, and not actually about winning. Too bad to be dead last in both categories.