Well, Knicks can’t be much worse, right? Right?
Despite evidence that hints at competence, the New York Knicks whiffed on every bigname free agent they tried to sign this summer and also spent a high lottery pick on a European project who might be years from NBA readiness. So yeah, they probably will be pretty bad again next season. Like, 17-win bad? “I don’t think any team can predict how many games they’ll win this coming season at this point,’’ Coach Derek Fisher told the New York Post at the NBA’s summer league in Las Vegas. “We feel we’ve added good players. We’re not going to win just 17 games. We feel like we can say that and feel pretty confident about that.’’ So 18 games. Got it. New York signed Robin Lopez, shooting guard Arron Afflalo, power forward Kyle O’Quinn and forward Derrick Williams in free agency. Williams was the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NBA draft but has been a huge bust.
“We are fortunate to add these four new players to our roster,’’ team President Phil Jackson said in a press release. “They bring to the team veteran leadership, talent and youth. These men, in addition to our rookies from the NBA Draft, will make for a very competitive team this coming year. We are all looking forward to the season, as we welcome them to the New York Knicks 2015-16 roster.”
“Very Competitive: The Story of the 2015-16 New York Knicks” is going to do gonzo numbers on the video-yearbook market.
The Post also reports that Kristaps Porzingis — the aforementioned European project whom the Knicks ideally envision as an immediate starter — already is battling a hip injury. So there’s that.