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Over the last 20 seasons (including this one), the New York Knicks have had countless. 402 winning percentage. That, of course, ranks dead last in the NBA.
It should probably not be all that surprising that this campaign starts off badly. Beyond the unexplained offseason and dubious coaching calls that need to be addressed later, bad basketball is the Knicks' only organizational DNA at the moment.
In the same two-decade period, they ranked 22nd in points per 100 possessions, 30th in points allowed per 100 possessions, and 30th in a simple scoring system (point differential combined with the power of the graph). That says roughly the same thing as winning percentage, but it also highlights another point: With a large enough sample, it's hard to point out something that this team did well on the basketball court.
" We're not 'I'll be glad where we are,'" said team president Steve Mills on Monday to ESPN Adrian Voinarovski . "This is not where we expected to be. … … [James Dolan] he still believes in the plan we put together. "
The comments came after New York, which fell to 2-8 after a 108-87 loss at home to Cleveland The Cavaliers, another team predicted to be at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
In a later report, Voynarovski and Malika Andrews cite "a league source close to leadership, and the headquarters of the Reiner, who expected head coach David Fizdale to be the "fall man."
And Fizdale may feel some of that pressure.
"I live in this sense of urgency," he said, Voynarovsky . "I don't need to talk to anyone to give me a sense of urgency. I don't get carried away with this, acting as if I have a lot of time to assemble a team."  Then there is Dolan. The mills and Fizdale did not exist throughout the 20-year stretch.
Dolan has it.
So while the organization becomes the scene of a gun from the Office Dolan is perhaps the most obvious scapegoat.
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If the team has been sick for a couple of years, maybe it's the carriage. If he's been sucking for five or six years, that's management. If it sucks for 20+ years, it's the person who hires the managers. https://t.co/ALfFKS4VA checked19659017matraWith beyond the barriers, Dolan has a history of reporting. Just to name a few examples: It was he who insisted, according to [ESPN] Baxter Holmes about Carmelo Anthony, playing small forward when he was 4. And according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, he interferes with the staffing decisions of former Knicks president Phil Jackson.
In 2017, Dolan demanded that more be thrown into his hands.
"It's all Phil [Jackson]. It's all Steve [Mills]," he says who runs the Knicks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. "I work on my music; they work on the basketball team."
If this is true, the change did not help. New York is still bad.
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But that is limited to basketball results court (pretty important in the basketball league, I know). Financially, the Knicks are still doing pretty well.
"Today, Forbes announced its annual ratings for the 30 National Basketball Association teams," Forbes reported in February. "The New York Knives remain at the forefront for the fourth consecutive year. The team is now worth $ 4 billion, an 11% increase from last year."
pressing for the release of Dolan may be natural for fans and the media who follow the team closely. But this level of economic success would be difficult for anyone to walk away from. And finding that success, while poor throughout the basketball part of the equation, can make it difficult to motivate any motivator to be better.
Still, the seats are likely to heat up the New York head coach and carousel carousels.
In the last 20 years, the Knicks have had 12 head coaches. There were seven top decision makers in the front office. Most of the mandates went disastrous.
The list of coaches includes Jeff Van Gundy, Larry Brown, Mike D, Anthony, Mike Woodson, Derek Fisher and Jeff Hornack, just to name a few. Woodson is the only one to have a 50-win season for New York in the last 20 years . Van Gundy and Antony are the only two to win seasons for blue and orange.
Stability does not seem to be the way to act.
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Giving mills and Fizdale more time to figure things out might be wrong, otherwise it might be okay except to avoid the cliché of doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. But there are certainly reasons to wonder at the performances of both.
For months (maybe even years), the summer of 2019 has been defined as what the Knicks will turn things around. They will have room for caps to sign Kevin Durant, who will surely be struck by the mystique of New York and Madison Square Garden.
After trading the All-Star Kristaps Porzingis to create the space needed for caps, the title inscriptions turned into … Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson and Marcus Morris. All Forces Forward.
"I didn't grow up with nails being good," says Durant for HOT 97 (Chris Bumbaka's USA Today ). "Well, I remember the Knicks were in the finals, but the kids after me didn't see that. So the Knicks brand isn't as cool for them as, say, the Golden State Warriors or even the Lakers or the Nets now. The cool thing right now is not the knives. "
" I thought, yes, "he added," It's just a thought. I really didn't do a full Knicks analysis. "
Years of loss may have pulled the Knicks out of the superstar market. this makes Mills' job more difficult, though it does not justify a blow at Bartolo's Colon.
Mitchell Robyn It's probably too early to tell RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina, beyond which the list Mills has compiled is a mess. That, of course, is Fizdale's work on
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Fizdale spins or lack thereof are microcosms of the Knicks' common problems. Young players who need minutes of development cannot cope with regular roles. One may have a week in which there are rotational minutes in one game, spot minutes in another and "Not played – Coach decision" in a third.
Perhaps experimenting with compositions is understandable to a team with so little talent. But at some point, you probably need to make a commitment to the youth.
If you pitch hard enough, you can see the directions of an interesting team in a few years. Robinson is a rim-rimmed and particularly secure weapon, especially if it comes up with a way to avoid unpleasant problems. Barrett showed a couple of playmate chops on the wing. Knox is shooting the lights this season. Ntilikina still has the potential as a multi-defender.
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Coach with proven experience as a developer with a well-developed developer team . Trading in veterinarians who signed deals that didn't make sense for longer-term prospects and assets would also help.
This team must be grown organically. And the organization must approach the necessary rebuilding the way small markets have been for decades: by building a sound foundation through the project and betting on good deals when they present themselves. The days of the hope of a free agent superstar will save everything for one summer, should end.
This kind of vision is not something that can be established by a coach or in front of an office. This starts from the very top. And while there is enough guilt to get around this 20-year-old mess, the bulk should fall to Dolan.
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All statistics, unless to the contrary, kindly provided by Basketball Reference .