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Knicks’ David Fizdale says winning games is not on top of the team’s list of priorities

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Everyone knows the New York Knicks won’t be contenders this season and are rebuilding, and it appears head coach David Fizdale is aware of that too.

With star power forward Kristaps Porzingis expected to miss most of the season recovering from an ACL tear, the Knicks are going to be one of the worst teams in the NBA this year. As a result, Fizdale doesn’t want his players to focus on wins and losses. He wants them to focus on getting better every day and sticking together through what is going to be a tough road ahead.

“It’s about, are these guys staying in the trench to get better every single day? That’s our focus,” David Fizdale said, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “We know the win-loss category is going to change when we become a better basketball team. So we’re not putting all our stock in wins and losses right now and our group understands that.”

The Knicks are currently 4-13 on the season, which puts them in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. They are struggling on both sides of the court and rank in the bottom half in offensive and defense. This was to be expected. The roster isn’t talented enough to win games without Porzingis. This season is all about developing Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina, Allonzo Trier and Mitchell Robinson.