The New York Knicks have lost seven of their last 10 games and say they aren’t tanking—please.
Phil Jackson and the Knicks apparently don’t want to lose games, but it’s hard to believe it based on the product they put on the court.
Here’s a nugget from head coach Jeff Hornacek, per ESPN’s Ian Begley:
In other words, the coach will keep playing guys like Carmelo Anthony and trying to win games unless team president Phil Jackson gives him a ring and says it’s time to look at the future by playing younger guys—in some circles known as tanking.
But let’s be honest—playing veterans is tanking as well. The Knicks have lost two of their last three outings, which doesn’t sound so bad until one realizes those two losses came at the hands of the lowly Brooklyn Nets. The 13-win Brooklyn Nets.
The Brooklyn Nets Kyle O’Quinn said this about despite the losses, per the New York Daily News‘ Stefan Bondy:
So the Knicks can say they want to play veterans and compete. But there are one of two scenarios here. One, the team isn’t being truthful to the fans and is tanking regardless of who takes the court. Or two, and this is even worse, this really is the best Knicks basketball has to offer, two losses to the Nets.
Either way, this isn’t a good sign for a franchise trying to regain its legendary league footing and it surely isn’t convincing free agents New York is the place to go and win a title.
About Chris Roling
Chris is an Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism graduate and associate editor here at TSD. He also covers breaking news and the NFL at Bleacher Report and resides in Athens (OH) with his wife and two dogs.