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News » KNICKS KNOCKING ON INFAMY'S DOOR - THINGS REALLY AS BAD AS THEY LOOK


KNICKS KNOCKING ON INFAMY'S DOOR - THINGS REALLY AS BAD AS THEY LOOK


KNICKS KNOCKING ON INFAMY'S DOOR - THINGS REALLY AS BAD AS THEY LOOK SOMETIMES, a team can puzzle you, can perplex you, can turn your insides out and your outsides in. The Mets have done that to you a lot the past few years. The Jets have done that to you the past few decades. Your heart tells you one thing about them, your eyes quite another.

There is nothing so ambiguous about the Knicks right now.

There is nothing bewildering or baffling about them.

They are simply an awful Basketball team. They are outmanned. They are outgunned. They are a beatendown eight-track player in an iPod world, an analog throwback in an NBA that went digital years ago. You want to be angry. You want to be appalled. You want to be disgusted.

And then you take another look at the team on the floor.

And it all makes sense.

"The most frustrating thing is I came into this season with high hopes, and I still have them," David Lee said Wednesday night, after the Hawks buried the Knicks by 13 points while barely breaking a sweat. "However, the start we had is definitely disappointing because our character on the team is as good as since I've been here."

It's good that Lee says that, and better if he believes it, because the people who still come to Madison Square Garden deserve that much at least. They deserve a team willing to care enough to try to fight back from the kind of hazardous holes like the one they dug for themselves against the Jazz on Monday night.

But we know what we see. And so far, there appears to be only one team in the Eastern Conference against whom the Knicks can honestly believe they are better than right now, and they play eight miles to the west, in East Rutherford. And at this point, would it surprise anyone if the Knicks and Nets were a combined 1-22 when they face off for the first time this year next Saturday at the Izod Center?

(God, just typing "1-22" makes my fingers hurt.)

The Knicks get Golden State at the Garden tonight, and in a lot of ways that will tell us the true picture of what we can really expect this year. The Warriors are 2-5 and a dysfunctional mess, and if they can walk into the place and slap the Knicks around the way everyone else has so far, officially turn this into the worst start to a season in Knicks history . . . well, you'll start to wonder if maybe the biggest Basketball story of the year will be watching the Knicks and Nets fight to the death for the right to threaten the '72'73 Sixers and their for-the-ages 9-73 record.

Look, none of this can be a surprise. In eight days, the Knicks will "celebrate" the one-year anniversary of their embrace of the white flag, the day they shipped Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph into exile, signaling a commitment to stripping down and setting the franchise's future on a collision course with July 1, 2010. They were 6-3 at the time; they are 27-55 since.

It was on that day when the Knicks formally tested the formerly taboo question of whether New York would really sit idly by and watch a team go through the death throes of slow, painful rebuilding. The assumption was always no, a theory Isiah Thomas, Scott Layden and even Dave Checketts hungrily subscribed to, which is how the Knicks built themselves their present predicament.

And you know something? Knicks fans have acquitted themselves well. Some shout for Mike D'Antoni's job now, even if everyone knows that won't happen anytime soon. Some grumble about paying full freight now for a dream and a vision of 2010 and beyond, and that is a fair complaint.

But the faithful still come to the Garden. They still hope, and believe, and yearn for something else. They still imagine better days, and that is a good thing. Because once they open their eyes, what they see are the 20092010 Knicks .

And that is a bad thing.

Maybe a historically bad thing.

IMPERFECT 10 (Metro Edition)

At 1-8, the Knicks are a loss away from setting the record for the worst 10-game start in franchise history. But even a win tonight will leave the 2009-10 Knicks tied for the worst start. Seven other times, the team started 2-8. Here?s a look:

Season Finish

1960-61 21-58

1962-63 21-59

1964-65 31-49

1984-85 24-58

Season Finish

1985-86 23-59

1987-88 38-44*

2002-03 37-45

* Made playoffs


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Added: November 14, 2009

 

 
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