The New York Knicks have lost seven-straight games, the team is a mess and their psyche isn’t helping any.
After their most recent loss, against the Los Angeles Clippers, the team decided to have a closed-door, 20-minute meeting — because after all, this is not what anyone in the Knicks organization had in mind after making it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals a season ago.
“The easiest thing for us to do is just to crumble right now,” Carmelo Anthony said. “We are in a dark place but we have to get out of this. We just have to get out of it.”
The meeting took place in the visitors’ locker room of Staples Center following the Knicks’ 93-80 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Knicks have the third-worst record in the league, and a loss Friday night in Denver would mean losing eight straight for the first time since February 2010.
“We talked. Everybody talked,” Anthony said. “The players had a meeting, the coaches — everybody had a meeting after the game. We had to talk. We’re trying to figure it out together. We have to put four quarters together. We got to do it for one another. Right now the game is not fun for nobody. We’re just not making it happen.”
The season really began to spin out of control after the team lost Tyson Chandler to a broken fibula. Their defensive anchor is expected to be back at some point in December, but who’s to say how far back the Knicks will be at that point?
Even with that, there seems to be something deeper wrong with this Knicks team. Usually, when teams hold team meetings, they come at the rockbottom point of seasons — or somewhere close to that.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Knicks look tonight against the Denver Nuggets. Will that team meeting prove to be a turning point of the season?