It’s time to boy­cott the Knicks.

Metro USA (New York) - - News - @mar­c­malu­sis MARC MALUSIS

Is there any sign of hope? Knicks fans have been mum­bling that to them­selves for months as they men­tally cope with the dis­as­ter that is the fran­chise that they root for. Of­ten­times you feel like they should be pay­ing you to show up and watch them play in­stead of the other way around.

Root­ing for the or­ange and blue of­ten leaves you black and blue.

It is tough to be a Knicks fan and they needed some luck this past Tues­day night at the NBA draft lot­tery. Af­ter win­ning some games down the stretch and los­ing a coin flip with Min­nesota, the Knicks were sit­ting there with the sev­enth seed and look­ing to move up in the draft.

Not only did they not move up in the lot­tery, but they lost a spot, fall­ing to No. 8 over­all.

Should we be sur­prised at this point? Be­cause the Knicks are all about the style and not nec­es­sar­ily the sub­stance of the prod­uct that is on the basketball court.

Knicks fans and celebrity gawk­ers pack Madi­son Square Gar­den on a nightly ba­sis for 41 home dates dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son re­gard­less of the prod­uct that trots out there. Maybe we are all to blame for the dys­func­tion that is New York Knicks basketball. Af­ter all, the only way that we could hold owner James Dolan ac­count­able for the in­ep­ti­tude is to sim­ply not show up and watch this team play. Yet we still do. On my ra­dio show, I am of­ten asked “What can the fans do?” The easy an­swer is to not spend money on the team. Yet, we still watch un­watch­able basketball. We still spend money on a bad prod­uct when the only way to send a mes­sage is to stop watch­ing and stop show­ing up. Why would any­one feel the pres­sure to change if the profit mar­gin does not change?

There is no pres­sure to do so be­cause the money keeps rolling in.

Now maybe that will change one day when the frus­tra­tion level is greater than it is to­day. But as I write this col­umn there is no need to change be­cause if you can deal with the em­bar­rass­ment and pub­lic out­cry, there are no sig­nif­i­cant reper­cus­sions if you don’t change.

Dolan does not even hold Jack­son ac­count­able for the poor record and the in­ept play of the Knicks as he re­mains “com­mit­ted” to the “The Zen Mas­ter.”

At this point, Jack­son is prob­a­bly even sur­prised that he still has a job. If he isn’t, then he has very lit­tle self-aware­ness.

On sec­ond thought, Jack­son prob­a­bly feels he de­serves to stay be­cause, as we have learned, Phil walks to the beat of a dif­fer­ent drum. I re­ally think he lit­er­ally would drive Carmelo An­thony to the air­port if An­thony would agree to a trade this sum­mer. Af­ter all, Jack­son feels it is the smart move to con­tin­u­ally talk about how he feels An­thony should play some­where else in or­der to chase a cham­pi­onship. I guess in Jack­son’s world that helps build up a player’s trade value in­stead of hurt­ing it.

So where does that leave the Knicks fans in this city? On a one way ticket to nowhere and the only way to send a mes­sage of dis­con­tent is to stop watch­ing the train wreck they have be­come — which does not ap­pear to be in the cards.

Is there any sign of hope? Well, at least they have Kristaps Porzingis.

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The Knicks haven’t done much to gain the con­fi­dence of fans over the past 16 years.

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