The New York Knicks‘ woes are on an all-time low following their loss on Sunday to the league’s cellar dwellers, the Brooklyn Nets. The whole team couldn’t hide their frustrations, including their second year forward, Kristaps Porzingis, who has often remained mum despite the issues the franchise has dealt with this season.
The 7-foot-3 Latvian blasted the Knicks, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, and admitted that the problem they have with the executing their game plan is across the board.
“From top to bottom, everybody, so it’s hard to play like that.”
Porzingis added that they are still struggling to win games even after changing some of their offensive and defensive sets. He also shared that he and his teammates are left confused on which direction their coaching staff wants them to go to.
“We’ve been switching things up. Never at any point in this season, we played like we wanted to. So it was always like, ‘Maybe this will work. Maybe this will work, so we were kind of looking for stuff and coaches they obviously try to do the best job they can and giving us as much as they can so we have the information. But we never really got it together and were able to execute the way we should have. It’s been a lot of confusion.”
More problems for the Knicks have also emerged as Porzingis spoke about being uncertain if he wants to remain with the team after his rookie scale contract expires.
“I think this is really good experience for me, actually. It’s a tough year, it’s a tough everything. There’s a quote, ‘If the sea is smooth, you’re never going to become a great sailor, so that’s how I always take it. As a challenge.'”
After their decent start to the season, the Knicks have fallen off the pace for a playoff spot and are now in danger of missing out on the postseason for the fourth straight year. It also does not help their cause that their franchise player and team president have been engaged in a war of words earlier in the season. To make matters worse, the insistence coming from above to run the triangle offense was, from the start, met with dislike from the players.
The summer will be a very busy one for the organization, not only could changes be done to their front office, but the roster can also be revamped especially with the lack of success they’re having.