With only 10 games into the 2019-2020 season, the New York Knicks front office is already unhappy with how things are moving forward, especially after another loss on Sunday dropped their record to 2-8 on the year.
“We’re not happy with where we are,” Knicks team president Steve Mills said (h/t ESPN). “This is not where we expected to be at this point — 10 games in.”
The Knicks 21-point loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, at home, marked their third loss in the past four games by at least 20 points, and the second at home at Madison Square Garden.
“I think the lack of consistency, that for the most part we’ve seen it, but you see sporadic efforts, too,” Knicks’ general manager Scott Perry said. “That’s what we talked about as we sat during this game and one of the reasons we wanted to come out and address you guys. Because we got to be consistent in all areas of the game, starting with the effort.”
With the Knicks’ early struggles rumors have started to circulate regarding the job security of head coach David Fizdale, but the front office seems to support Fizdale.
“We have patience, and we believe in Coach,” Mills said. “And we believe in the group that we put together, but we also know that, as Scott and I both have said a number of times, we need to find a way to have a consistent level of effort and execution.”
“Got to own that our home consistency is not there,” Fizdale said. “I take full responsibility for that.”
The Knicks entered the season with hopes of improving on last year’s 17-65 record, which was worst in the league, but it has not been the case thus far.
“We’re not here focused on the record,” Mills said. “We’re focused on improvement and delivering a consistent effort because we believe that if this team plays with the kind of effort that they played against Dallas that we’ll win basketball games.”
“[Mills and Perry are] right. We need to win,” Knicks’ forward Marcus Morris said. “We got great players. We got great chemistry. We got great guys on this team. … If I was front office, I’d be upset, too. Our coaches are doing a great job. We just got to be better. They’re not the ones giving up 20-point leads in the beginning of the first half. That’s us. It’s all on us, and we have to own it.”
Mills went on to say that Knicks’ team owner Jim Dolan believes in the plan that the organization has in place, but results are expected.
“He’s [as] passionate as we are about this,” Mills said. “So he would want us to have better results on the floor as well. And I think Jim is a fan and believes in what we’re doing, but he has the same kind of expectations that we have.”
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