If you were one of the many New York Knicks fans thinking a move or two would be coming to attempt to salvage this disappointing start to the season, you can forget about it.
What you see is what you get with this Knicks team.
That’s because owner James Dolan got involved once again, reportedly telling Knicks players in a meeting Thursday that there are no trades or changes to the coaching staff forthcoming, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Stein writes: that Dolan gathered the team before the first practice in the wake of New York’s embarrassing 29-point home loss to Oklahoma City on Christmas Day largely in an attempt to hush the growing speculation about coach Mike Woodson’s job security in the wake of the Knicks’ 9-19 start.
The effort just simply isn’t there for Woodson and whether or not this was Dolan’s idea to get the players to play harder for their coach remains to be seen.
That also means that all the players who have underperformed to this point are safe as well.
Like most statements coming from Dolan, this is a stupid one. Whether or not he was willing to sign off on any moves isn’t the point. What he basically said is it is just fine to underperform and underachieve all season as everyone’s job is safe.
Iman Shumpert has been involved in trade rumors all season and there is growing speculation that the Knicks would look to deal superstar Carmelo Anthony as well since he could potentially bolt at seasons end. There has also been speculation that the Knicks had a deal in place for Kyle Lowry and have been looking to trade for Boston point guard Rajon Rondo.
None of that will apparently happen, although the Knicks didn’t really have the assets to make anything positive happen anyway.
However Dolan has put it on record that no matter how bad you perform, your job is not in danger.
That’s a dangerous statement to put out there.
We will see if the declaration prompts this Knicks team to up their effort in the next couple of weeks or if it has the opposite effect and the Knicks continue to go about business in the fashion they have the entire season to this point.
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