CLEVELAND – While the Knicks are faced with the prospect of setting the franchise record for most successive losses at 17 in the "Zion Bowl" on Monday against the Cavaliers, rookie Kevin Knox is angry that several fans of the team are no longer irritated to be.
Knicks coach David Fizdale is also disappointed with the perception that he coaches to lose matches to ensure the best chances to win the lottery, with a Duke Mack Truck named Zion Williamson as the main prize.
Fizdale said that he would never be cheating & # 39;
In the summer, Knox thought the Knicks could fight for the eighth seed and reach the 37-win range. Instead, they are 10-45 losers from 29 of the past 31 matches. Knox sees dizziness on social media and it gnaws at him.
"Yes, many fans, they always say stupid things," Knox said in the morning shoot at Quicken Loans Arena. "You see it all the time with the tanking and want us to lose that kind of stuff, it's kind of stupid, they're not really New Yorkers, Real Knicks fans know that this year we're just trying to develop our young guys. and hopefully give a boost in the next year. "
Knox, 19, never lost more than five matches in a row in his basketball career. That was in Kentucky last season.
"Every night we just go out and we just play hard, we're going to compete at the highest level", Knox said. "At the end of the game, we can make some mistakes, cost us the games, we're in lots of close-games with a lot of great teams, playoff teams, which shows you how close we are to winning those games.
"We just miss a few pieces, it's really good for us young guys to go out and play against some of those playoff teams and be in games We lose against the Raptors with five, it's a playoff Team It's good to see us – we're getting better every game. "
Indeed, the New York Lottery Police Department has been working overtime this season. But Fizdale said it is important to differentiate coaching to lose and to coach in order to develop the future. He believes he did the latter.
Of course Fizdale went to the limit after the fifth game of the season in the benching of 26-year-old Enes Kanter, perhaps their most productive attacking player, for project rookiecentrum Mitchell Robinson.
"I think there were actually teams in games that were trying to lose a game," Fizdale said. "That's just not in our vocabulary, do we play well every night, do we have enough to win the game every night, maybe not, but at the end of the day, I know these guys are coming out to fight to win .
"I do not read it and do not listen to it, so I do not get entangled [the fans’ reactions]. I just think there is a difference between losing games and trying to lose games. That's why I think many people just understood, you just come in to try and lose a game. You are deceiving the game. I will not let our players do that. "
The Knicks have not won since they defeated the Lakers in Los Angeles five weeks ago on January 4th. The Cavaliers are 11-45.
If the Knicks win on Monday somehow, they'll go from the worst in the competition to the third worst, & # 39; for & # 39; the Cavaliers and Suns.
In reality, the new lottery format has reduced motivation to finish with the very best record, as the three best teams share the same opportunities for Williamson, namely 14 percent. However, the worst record can not get worse than number 5 – important in a design that is considered superficial.