New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher has had a difficult time of things in this his rookie season in the top job, and his latest comments show the tension the bumpy ride has produced.
No win situation
The Knicks have been a disaster from start to finish, setting a franchise record for regular-season game losses with room to spare, and are well and truly in the hunt for a top draft pick.
Indeed many of the fans have now bought into thank tanking philosophy - so much so that Fisher actually had to come out and comment on the idea that his team's 112-108 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday evening may have upset a large proportion of the franchise's support.
"I'm sure people are upset with us," said Fisher after the Knicks recorded only their 17th win of the campaign.
"But I don't think you can ever go out there and basically try and not play your best. Those two things don't go together."
The entire Knicks organization surrounding him may have been building towards tanking ambitions in recent months - their decision to shut down Carmelo Anthony and trade away any half-decent talent testament to that - it is admirable that Derek Fisher is still refusing to give in to the curse of modern sport.
New York unrest
Unfortunately for Derek Fisher he once again finds himself out of line with the fans. Having endured a year of frankly terrible basketball the Knicks faithful are pinning their hopes on winning that number one pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Had the Knicks lost against the Hawks they would have cemented their place as the worst team in the NBA - thus securing them a top four draft pick at minimum. Now though, coupled with a win against the Magic prior to the Hawks triumph, they sit just above the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves are now in pole position for that 'coveted' worst team in the league spot with a game against playoff chasing OKC their last remaining fixture. As for the Knicks, their fans at least know that they are trying out on the hardwood.
As for what it says about the current way the draft is set up is another thing all together. No coach should have to come out and address negativity surrounding his team having won a game.
What do you think Knicks fans? Were you amongst those unhappy with the Hawks win? And is there any signs of positivity for next season? Let us know in the comments section below...
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