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Over the past 20 seasons (including this one) the New York Knicks have had a abyssal .402 win percentage. Of course this is in last place in the NBA.
It should not be too surprising that this campaign had a bad start. Apart from the inexplicable off-season and the questionable tutoring requirements to be discussed later, bad basketball at this time is just the organizational DNA of the Knicks Allowed per 100 possessions and 30 in a simple rating system (point difference combined with the strength of the schedule) , That's about the same as winning percentage, but it also highlights another point: with a large enough sample, it's difficult to point out something that has made this team good on a basketball court.
" We are not & # 39; I'm not happy where we are," said team president Steve Mills on Monday after ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski . "This is not where we expected it to be … [James Dolan] still believes in the plan we have put together."
The comments came after the fall of New York to 2-8 after a home loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers (108: 87) Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews in a later report called a "league source" proximity to management and the coaching staff "who expected head coach David Fizdale to be the" fall man. "
" I live in that sense of urgency, "he said Wojnarowski . "I do not need anyone to speak, to give me a sense of urgency. I do not drive through this thing as if I have a lot of time to get a team together. "  Then there's Dolan, Mills and Fizdale have not been for the entire 20-year track. Dolan has.
While the organization of The Office focuses on the finger-gun scene, Dolan is probably the most obvious scapegoat.
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Maybe this is for a couple of years in the coach, if it's shit for five or six years, it's up to the management For 20 years running badly, it depends on the person who hires the managers https://t.co/ALfFKS4VAd[19659017lightboxesBeyondthehiringsdolanheshoweditememberedinterference To name just a few examples: it was he who, according to ESPN Baxter Holmes there up it was that Carmelo Anthony played a small striker if he should have been a 4th. And according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, he interfered in the personnel decisions of former Knicks president Phil Jackson.
In 2017, Dolan insisted he be more hands off.
"It's all Phil [Jackson] It's all Steve [Mills]," he said, according to Ian Begley of ESPN, who directs the Knicks. "I work on my music, they work in the basketball team."
If that's true, the layer did not help. New York is still bad. NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 28: James Dolan, owner of the New York Knicks, reacts to Kevin Knox # 20 of the Knicks falling at his feet at the 28th of October.
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This, however, is limited to the results on the basketball court (quite important in a basketball league, I know). Financially, the Knicks are doing quite well.
"Forbes today announced its annual rating of the 30 National Basketball Association teams," Forbes reported in February. "The New York Knicks remain in the lead for the fourth year in a row, with the team now valued at $ 4 billion, an 11 percent increase over the previous year."
Pushing For fans and media who closely follow the team, the departure of Dolan is a matter of course. However, this economic success would be hard for anyone to overcome. And when you find that success in the entire basketball field is bad, it may be difficult to find the motivation to get better. Even so, seats are likely to be hot New York's head coach and front-office carousels
In the last 20 years, the Knicks had 12 head coaches. Seven top decision-makers were in the front office. Most terms were catastrophic.
The coaches list includes Jeff Van Gundy, Larry Brown, Mike D & # 39; Antoni, Mike Woodson, Derek Fisher and Jeff Hornacek. Woodson is the only one who has had a season with 50 victories for New York over the past 20 years . Van Gundy and D & # 39; Antoni are the other two who have won the season for blue and orange.
Stability does not seem to be the modus operandi.
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It may be appropriate for Mills and Fizdale to give more time to find out for no other reason What to do is the stereotype to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. However, there are certainly reasons to wonder about the achievements of both.
The summer of 2019 was for months (maybe even years) the one in which the Knicks were located. Turn things around. They would have the opportunity to engage Kevin Durant, who would surely be fascinated by the mystique of New York and Madison Square Garden. After they had acted All-Star Kristaps Porzingis to provide the necessary space for the cap, the headlines read … Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, and Taj Gibson.
Marcus Morris. All power forward.
"I did not grow up with good kinks," Durant told HOT 97 (h / t Chris Bumbaca of . USA Today ) , "Well, I remember the Knicks were in the final, but the kids after me did not see that, so the Knicks brand is not as cool for them as the Golden State Warriors, or even the Lakers or the Nets now The cool things right now are not the Knicks. "
" I've been thinking about that, yes, "he added. "It's just a thought, I did not do a full analysis of the Knicks."
Years of Losing Perhaps the Knicks have left the superstar market. And that makes Mills' work harder, though it does not excuse a Bartolo touch at the colon level.
Mitchell Robinson is good. It's probably too early to talk to RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina. In addition, the list Mills has put together is a mess. That makes Fizdale, of course, heavier than others in the league.
But he is not guilty either.
Fizdal's rotations or their absence are a microcosm of Knicks' general problems. There is no consistency. Young players who need developmental protocols can not settle for regular roles. You can have a week in which he has spin minutes in one game, point minutes in another and a "not played – decision of the coach" in a third.
Perhaps experimenting with lineups is understandable for a team with so little talent. But beyond a certain point, there probably has to be a commitment to the youth.
If you blink hard enough, you are a few years later you can see what an interesting team has to offer , Robinson is a weapon that runs and protects rims, especially when he finds out how to stay away from bad problems. Barrett has shown a few gadgets on the wing. Knox turns off the lights this season. Ntilikina still has potential as a multi-position defender.
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A coach with a proven track record as a talent developer would be useful with this roster. Trade with veterinarians who had signed contracts that made little or no sense for longer-term prospects and assets would also help.
This team must grow organically. And the organization should get closer to the necessary reconstruction, as small markets have had to do for decades: building a strong foundation through the draft and relying on good trades when they present themselves. The days of hope that a superstar free agent can save everything in one summer must be over.
This type of vision can not be set up by a coach or a front office itself. That starts at the top. And though there's a lot to blame for this 20-year jumble, most of it has to be Dolan.
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