Tonight’s putrid loss was a poster child for the problems endemic in the Knicks’ roster. Now for the Airing of Grievances:
1. The Knicks can’t rebound. Other than Lee I’m not sure there is an above average boarder on this squad. And while Lee piles up big rebounding numbers, he never, never, never seems to come up with the clutch board. It’s partly because he doesn’t box out, but it isn’t just his fault: The Knicks have absolutely nobody to help him out in the paint. Did the Knicks get a single big board in the 4th quarter or overtime?
2. The Knicks don’t have a playmaker. When the D takes away the pick and roll in the final minute, the starting point guard has to come up with something better than a panicky 3 point airball. When the D cuts off the lane, you have to be able to be able to find someone other than Jared Jeffries from deep. Also, forgetting about Jeffries shooting a clutch 3, when is Jeffries in the post the option in a possession? Almost never.
3. The Knicks have no killer instinct. Up by 15 in the 4th, the Kings decided that they weren’t going away. It’s on the Knicks to step on their throats. But they don’t have anyone capable of setting the tone. This one goes beyond coaching. It’s been a constant theme throughout the last decade and the very same coaches (LB, Isiah, D’Antoni) who have failed to turn the Knicks into winners over recent years had closers and enforcers in their previous stops. The Knicks don’t have anybody on the court capable of rallying them or making consistent clutch plays on either or both ends.
Until these issues are rectified, the Knicks are never going to be anything other than the same ineffectual, soft team we’ve grown so sick of over the years.
Have anything to add to the list? Be my guest…