Game number 82 could not come too soon for the New York Knicks. It’s been a very long season that’s full of struggles and issues leading to another disappointment for the passionate fans of the team.
New York will miss the postseason for the fourth consecutive year, and it still doesn’t look clear whether the team will opt for a rebuild or continue doing patch up work in hopes of salvaging a sinking ship.
“I always feel for Melo. That’s my teammate, my brother,” Davis, a former All-NBA selection who played just 29 games with the Knicks due to injuries, told the Daily News. “Melo is a dude who wants to be in New York. It’s different. I think that when we were, the two years I was there, I thought we had the people and chemistry around him, and personalities to let Melo be Melo. When you allow Melo to be himself, then he becomes one of the most dangerous weapons in the league. And everyone else around the team takes the responsibility of making sure that weapon is utilized. And I think the last couple years we went to the playoffs, we started to develop that. Once we got over the ‘Linsanity,’ it was like, we still know who the weapon is. Like, and the team was there. We were closer than we’ve ever been to really building something. And then it kind of all went downhill.”
His well-documented rift with team president Phil Jackson has gotten uglier as the season matured, and at some point, something has got to give between these two personalities clashing.
Furthermore, the Knicks coaching staff’s insistence on running the triangle offense, influenced by Jackson, wasn’t received well by the players, resulting in disarray during games.
“They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but you definitely don’t want to teach a new dog some old a– tricks when everybody’s learning all the new stuff,” Davis said. “So it’s just a matter of, how do you get the dog to learn the new tricks but giving them the old principles to understand it?”
With yet another crucial summer in the horizon, the Knicks have not done a good job in making themselves an attractive destination for potential free agents. What’s worse, they haven’t even shown any indication on an intent to aim for a fresh start behind their unicorn, Kristaps Porzingis.
What’s in store for the once proud franchise? No one can tell.