The New York Knicks have been thoroughly underwhelming on defence so far this season as they have stuttered to a 2-4 record.
For all of their offensive promise, the Big Apple franchise ranks 30th in defensive efficiency and have give up 109.8 points per game, including an incredible 65 second half points against the Utah Jazz as they let an early 13-point lead slip.
Head coach Jeff Hornacek has taken the step to give assistant coach Kurt Rambis the role of controlling the defence. Previously, it was done through a combination of assistants, but the former interim head coach will now be the leader.
Rambis was under consideration for the vacant role as head coach over the summer, but Phil Jackson ultimately opted to draft in Hornacek after the Knicks went 9-19 under the tutelage of the four-time champion last season.
Superstar forward Carmelo Anthony was asked about the role change for Rambis and the perennial All-Star's response would hardly have instilled confidence in Knicks fans.
He said: “Whether we’re comfortable with it or not, it is what it is so we have to buy into it."
For all the optimism around the Knicks in pre-season - from fans, not analysts - the team have been disappointing, to say the least.
We have seen flashes of what they can produce, but the Knickerbockers are performing way below 'super team' level. Just when you think things can't get any more confusing in the Garden, they take another turn. At least it's never boring.