Skip navigation
Favorites
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis: “It’s not coming together yet. It’s frustrating.”

Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks looks on against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on December 25, 2016 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Getty Images

The New York Knicks have lost seven of their last eight, and in that stretch have a bottom eight offense and defense. Carmelo Anthony’s shoulder is bothering him, there’s concern about the workload for Kristaps Porzingis, and the Knicks remain below .500 and out of the playoffs as of today.

Considering this team made win-now moves last summer bringing in Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to go with ‘Melo, everyone around the team should be frustrated.

Porzingis is, as he told Marc Berman of the New York Post after the Knicks fell to the Pacers on Saturday.

“In the moment we were four games out of .500, I said it — I don’t see ourselves as that good of a team yet,’’ Porzingis said in his season’s most candid remarks. “We were still growing. We were winning games, but we still had a lot to learn. It was a good moment based on our talent, but we weren’t there yet and now it’s showing. We got to figure this out and keep growing as a team. It’s not coming together yet. It’s frustrating.’’

He’s right.

All season the problems with the Knicks have started on the defensive end, but the fears that Rose and Anthony can be ball stoppers and inefficient have come true as well — the Knicks are 1-12 when Rose takes 17 or more shots. That’s not a coincidence.

Knicks fans would understand a rough season or two if they could see a plan of bringing in young players to build a foundation with and around Porzingis, but the feeling that there can never be a rebuild in New York has the organization stuck. Until the mentality changes in the front office, we may just see variations of this team on the court.