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Knicks hold team meeting after suffering seventh straight loss

Nov 28, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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The Knicks lost to the Clippers on Wednesday for the team’s seventh straight defeat, one that sent them to a dismal record of 3-11 on the season.

That wasn’t exactly the plan coming off of a year where New York finished with the second best record in the East, and expectations heading into the season were at minimum to finish with a top-four record in the Conference.

As the team continues to find its way, the players and coaches will continue to try to hash out the issues in hopes of coming to a workable solution. And one such meeting took place immediately following New York’s latest loss in Los Angeles.

From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:

“The easiest thing for us to do is just to crumble right now,” Carmelo Anthony said. “We are in a dark place but we have to get out of this. We just have to get out of it.”

The meeting took place in the visitors’ locker room of Staples Center following the Knicks’ 93-80 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Knicks have the third-worst record in the league, and a loss Friday night in Denver would mean losing eight straight for the first time since February 2010.

“We talked. Everybody talked,” Anthony said. “The players had a meeting, the coaches — everybody had a meeting after the game. We had to talk. We’re trying to figure it out together. We have to put four quarters together. We got to do it for one another. Right now the game is not fun for nobody. We’re just not making it happen.”

The Knicks were actually in the game against the Clippers for longer than expected, but a 12-point fourth quarter ultimately doomed their chances.

New York has issues on both sides of the ball right now — J.R. Smith has yet to come close to playing like he did a season ago when he was the league’s top sixth man, and the Knicks have struggled defensively ever since Tyson Chandler went down with a fractured right fibula injury.

There are plenty of things the Knicks need to clean up, and lengthy postgame meetings are usually a sign of some deeper-seeded problems. But at least the players and coaches are talking and working together on potential solutions, so the communication is there even if the on-court results haven’t shown themselves just yet.

  1. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 28, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Health is definitely a factor but this Knicks team lacks heart. Little things like getting back on defense, not making careless passes, playing with high intensity on every possession and playing UNSELFISH team basketball are what matters.

    Just look at the Bulls last year without Rose, Deng and Hinrich against the Nets last year. That’s what the Knicks should play like. This team is pathetic.

  2. saint1997 - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Who has the Knicks first round pick this season?

  3. themagicfanguy - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Potentially the Magic.

  4. onlyavoice - Nov 29, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    LMAO,
    2nd in the east, Sounds good that way.
    They were actually 12 games behind 1st place (which was 2nd place)
    They were 7th overall in the league.
    2nd place makes them sound much better though.
    If the Celtics had Rondo & Leandro Barbosa the Knicks would have had another 1st round loss.
    Chandler stinks & will not make a difference, he’s still living the 2011 Mavs hype. He got the DPY award because of injuries to opposing players.
    Wanna-Be Woody is an average coach at best & certainly not a playoff coach (another Alvin Gentry in Phoenix)
    Amare is DONE, Artest is done, & then there’s the 1 & only ” My Ball Melo ” (expect him to sign with the Heat for peanuts)
    The Knicks STINK

    • fanofevilempire - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      you forget to mention your team, that happens a lot here with loud mouths.

      – knickerbocker fan in brooklyn

  5. jerdogthompson - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Knicks have talent, it’s just the Clippers have much much more. Talent that is…..

    #InDocwetrust

  6. kavika6 - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    What is it with the eastern conference and team meetings?

  7. jedifriedchicken - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:19 AM

    The Knicks should have stuck to Donnie Walsh’s vision…

    • ralphbway - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      What happens when an owner forgets that’s he or she is just a fan (abet with a lot more money than the rest of us). When they think they know more than they know a few things happen.

      Quality management that can actually evaluate talent leave and are replaced by lackies who tell the owner how smart they are. Trades are made that give up solid assets (players and future draft picks) for “name” players.

      Walsh is back in Indiana with a team that can play with anyone in the league. The Knicks have no 1st round pick in 2 of the next three years and at last look one player on their rooster that has real trade value. Oh, and they’re looking to trade Shumpert.

      The abyss that Dolan has created will get much worse before or more likely if it’ll every get better.

  8. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    bring back Isiah!

    • ralphbway - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Why? Is he going to bring back Marbury, Curry, & James??

      • MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        One could only hope.I enjoyed the Knicks under Isiah,an even bigger train-wreck than what is happening currently

  9. knightrider1755 - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Where are the “thirsty” Knicks fans who usually bombard these articles with absurd and ludicrous comments about how great the Knicks are?

    • fanofevilempire - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      who do you like?

      • sportsfan18 - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        One may like another team and still make comments about another team. They are different things you know.

        Regardless of which team knightrider likes, his comment is accurate. There were many Knicks fans on here this summer taking issue with many in the summer when many were picking the Knicks to finish in 4th or 5th place.

        Comments like that happened and it doesn’t matter if a poster likes another team, it doesn’t mean that Knicks fans didn’t behave this way because they did.

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Exactly knightrider1755

      During the summer and into the preseason, so many Knicks fans were saying how they would be better, don’t forget we were 2nd in the east last yr blah, blah, blah.

      There was an article or two where us readers were responding with our picks for the top 8 in the east.

      I had the Knicks in 5th and I got skewered by Knicks fans saying how dumb and wrong I was to have picked them there.

      They were right, silly me. I now think the Hawks will finish above them so the Knicks will finish around 6th or so.

  10. dysraw1 - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    boy this rough lord every night i watch these step on the floor and get clowned, if i owned this team i’d be looking to break them up quick this stuff is hard to watch the guard play is horrid Melo has been a black hole on to many nights nobodys been consistent at anything we get out dueled at the guard every freaking game somethings got to give Melo has got get other guys going,instead of announcing declarations of free agency play like you want that money pick your team up, and when you get it right keep it right been a fan along time and i seen some bad teams and as hard this is to admit these guys can easily fall into that category we need to take anything we can get for J.R Smith because young Tim Hardaway needs to play

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