Now riding a five-game losing streak Carmelo Anthony‘s New York Knicks are showcasing humiliating defense. Who, though, is the worst?Times have become rough. There’s very little doubt about that.
When the New York Knicks had the doors blown off Madison Square Garden by the extremely average Orlando Magic on Monday night, not only did Jeff Hornacek‘s squad lose a rough one on their home court, they fell in defeat for the fifth consecutive time.
The Knickerbockers are now out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture with a mark of 16-18. More importantly, this team continues its horrid defensive play.
As we speak, Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason, and John Starks are shaking their heads in amazement (Mason, from a spot in peace). Never did they, or any diehard 1990s fan ever believe the beloved organization who once put together a “Go, New York, Go New York, Go” performance could ever fall to such a soft level.
Forget Charmin-soft, these Knicks have the feel of a freshly fluffed pillow. Then, when the pillow is turned over, it’s not just cool, it’s ice-cold.
Stuart Scott could never spout off his most famous, “As cool as the other side of the pillow” line with these 15 players. These guys are ice-cold, playing dead when the opposition has the basketball.
Defense is never an individual endeavor. For a unit to work functionally, all five players must be on the same page with awareness in their minds and toughness in their hearts. Having said that, most of the individuals who call their NBA home Manhattan, straight up stink on the defensive end of the floor.
Today, we call out the worst.
Here are the worst New York Knicks defenders during the NBA season of 2016-17: