Not only were the Knicks without KP, who will undergo surgery as soon as the swelling subsides, they also were without Enes Kanter, who underwent oral surgery to close a gash in his mouth, and Ron Baker, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery.
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When asked if Knicks fans had resigned themselves to the team focusing on obtaining the highest spot in the next NBA Draft, guard Tim Hardaway Jr. told reporters in Canada that if that’s the case then they’re “rooting for the wrong team.”
Say what you want about this season but this is undisputed: This is a tight group that has each other’s back. If you don’t think that’s important, look at the mess the Cleveland Cavaliers had become before overhauling their roster at the trade deadline.
And although the Knicks continue to get younger (and more athletic), the culture change of hard work and competitiveness that came with the hiring of team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry is taking place.
Knicks fans might rightly believe the team’s playoff chances went down with KP but that’s not the focus of the organization. They remain committed to building a roster that will bring sustained success.
Here’s a look at the five questions the Knicks will seek to answer in the final 26 games.