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August 19, 2019

SHOCKER: Knicks lose again. There is no culture building

February 14, 2019

This is embarrassing.

This is offensive.

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Eighteen straight losses. EIGHTEEN.

The Knicks, at bare minimum, were supposed to show signs of improvement throughout this season. They were supposed to establish an identity of “defense-first.” They were supposed to win a game at home in the calendar year of 2019.

None of that has happened. The Knicks (10-47) are just adding on to the longest streak in franchise history, succumbing this time to the Sixers, 126-111, after falling into a 16-point halftime hole.

The Knicks lost again, surprise surprise. (Frank Franklin II / AP)

Philadelphia was coming off an emotional game late Tuesday night against the Celtics, but the extra day of rest couldn’t help the Knicks. Nothing helps the Knicks these days. They haven’t won at the Garden since Dec. 1, and the losses no longer appear to be fazing the locker room.

Put it on whoever you want: Steve Mills, Scott Perry, David Fizdale, James Dolan, the underwhelming roster of 15. They’re all to blame for the Knicks (10-47) failing to live up to any of their preseason goals and declarations.

Because no matter how you slice the blame pie, the Knicks are the worst team in the NBA. And they can only talk about free agency because there’s nothing left to sell.

“I like where we are. I really do,” Fizdale said. “I like what we’re sitting on right now and I’m excited for our future.”

The idea they can build a culture and develop players through torrential losing is rubbish. The Sixers turned a corner because they drafted two stars and overhauled the roster. They lost 72 games during the 2015-16 season and guess how many players remain from that squad? One. Backup point guard TJ McConnell. That’s it.

There are many more examples of teams who stunk for a very long time and remain far away from contention – the Magic, the Timberwolves, the Suns, the Kings, the Bulls, the Nets. Tanking, despite what the Knicks are selling, is not a safe practice.

In other words, they have to hope Kevin Durant really wants to extinguish this dumpster fire.

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