Late Rally by Knicks Crush Fans’ Dreams

NEW YORK — Madison Square Garden, once known as the Mecca of Basketball, is now a place where fans frequently and sadly utter the phrase, “We’ll be better next year”.

But with some late wins, the New York Knicks are not even letting their fans look forward to the future.

After losing 36 of its first 43 games, it was clear the club was losing now to win later. It became even more apparent that the season was done when Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith were traded to the Cavaliers. The goal is to free cap space for the 2015 offseason and sign players to complement Carmelo Anthony.valuepicks3.3_full

Honestly, Knicks fans cannot be mad at those goals. A star player and free cap room could lead to consistent playoff contention in the coming years, something die-hard Knicks fans like Spike Lee want desperately.

The Knicks held the league’s worst record and best shot at securing the number one pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. This best prospect is the 6’11” center on the Duke Blue Devils, Jahlil Okafor. A skilled big man with good hands and a lot of promise, Okafor can bring back the days of Patrick Ewing and liven the Garden.

Knicks fans finally had something to look forward to, and then the team did something no one expected, or really wanted at this point in the season.

After a 16-game losing streak, the Knicks started showing some signs of life. Out of nowhere, they had their longest win streak of the season, albeit three games, and have looked slightly better recently. During this time, they defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic and of course the Philadelphia 76ers, their main competition for draft position.

Now sitting at 10-39, fans must be wondering why the Knicks refuse to lie down. Because the NBA Draft is a lottery process, the team with the fewest wins is the real winner. But tanking is never in a player or coach’s vocabulary, and first-time head coach Derek Fisher rejected the notion when asked if the team would even consider it.

“The only way I know how to approach a game is to try to win it every time,” Fisher said. “You’re asking the wrong person about that.”

A very competitive stance, but fans want better. Clearing cap space and trying harder for small stretches is not enough. And playing better to ultimately not make the playoffs, in addition to missing out on the number one draft pick is an option fans are not willing to accept.

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