A Tradition Unlike Any Other
by John Jastremski
Nov 12, 2019 | 873 views | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The New York sports scene has brought about a considerable amount of sadness and depression for a good majority of the fanbases around town.

With the exception of the Yankees, Islanders and the second-half surge of the Mets, there sure hasn’t been much to cheer about lately.

We are still two weeks away from Thanksgiving, but it feels like the Knicks season is already over.

No surprise there.

The Knicks whiffed on the big names in free agency, and despite spending $70 million this offseason, I didn’t for a minute buy the idea that the Knicks were going to find themselves fighting for a spot in the playoffs.

But even I never imagined they would be this bad and noncompetitive this early in the season.

The efforts at home against the Kings and Cavaliers are a poor reflection of the roster and head coach David Fizdale.

I can’t defend the performance, effort or look of the team in any way, shape or form.

However, the level of dysfunction continued after Sunday’s game when Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry scheduled a press conference to address the team’s poor play.

An impromptu presser from team executives following a loss, when in the world does that happen? When the owner is ticked off about the product on the court.

It gives the sense in the media - and rightfully so - that Fizdale is on his way out the door.

It’s a cryptically bizarre message to send after a game, and it fits right into the usual pattern of craziness and a whole lot of Knicks losing over the last two decades.

Fizdale may not be up to par as a head coach. But in a year-plus of coaching the Knicks, ask yourself this question: from a roster standpoint, what exactly has he had to work with?

During his time as general manager and team president, Mills has put together a roster that is 172 games under .500.

If the coach’s job security is being called into question, couldn’t the same case be made for the executives running the team?

The wheel keeps spinning as it has for the last two decades at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks are on their way to a franchise-record seventh-straight losing season, and the blame game carousel goes round and round.

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