Lack of Hustle, Intensity and Teamwork Plague New York Knicks

By Shane Phillips
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

A late game rally was not enough to make up for the poor play of the New York Knicks Saturday afternoon. They dug themselves a hole through the first three and a half quarters and were down by as many as 19, but they were able to cut the lead to four with under a minute left. That is as close as the Knicks would get to the Memphis Grizzlies, however, as the Grizzlies dominated on the boards with a 56-29 rebound advantage which led to a 95-87 victory.

The victory drops New York to 8-18 and adds another loss to a dismal and disappointing season. It is this simple: The Knicks are pathetic. Why? Because there is no hustle, intensity or teamwork. They are no more than a group of overpaid, egotistical players who care more about their new Porsche than they do about winning.

I wonder if Carmelo Anthony or J.R. Smith have ever heard the saying “there is no I in team.” The majority of possessions were one pass and a shot. Anthony and Smith cannot be effective unless the ball is in their hands and they are shooting. Anthony is not going to pass the ball or give you a large amount of assists. No one on the Knicks is going to distribute the basketball. The New York offense is made up of one-on-one plays while the other four players on the court watch. I am not even going to talk about the rebounding issues because that is simply about hustle, and if the Knicks aren’t going to hustle then they aren’t going to win.

If I was the owner or GM of the Knicks I would clean house. Goodbye Anthony, goodbye Smith and goodbye everyone else. Tyson Chandler is the only player who shows any heart or emotion. Anthony just chucks up 20 plus shots a game and doesn’t care if they win.

Sadly, the Knicks might actually make the NBA Playoffs because the Eastern Conference is so pitiful. If they do make the postseason they will not make it beyond the first round. Unless some major changes are made or New York has a serious epiphany, losing and a lack of success will continue to haunt the Knicks.

Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for Follow Shane on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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