After another loss, New York is in dire straits. Despite a change in the front office, there seems to be no change for this perennially losing franchise. During games, they are completely outclassed by their opponent. The flaws of their coach have remained the same since game 1, one of which is the inability to see his own flaws. New York plays so badly, it’s hard to see if the coaching staff has not prepared them for the other team or if the players have just tuned their leader out.
But enough about the New York Jets.
The Knicks lost again yesterday, and again in embarrassing fashion. The Thunder, aided by the return of Russell Westbrook, took a 17 point first quarter lead, and expanded it to 26 by halftime. New York might have well been that team in your rec league that everyone beats, because they offered little to no resistance.
The Knicks went into the game as the league’s worst defensive rebounding team. So how did their coach prepare for an above average rebounding team? Well he gave 31 minutes to two 6-10 guys that combined just barely top 10 reb/36. The results?
Honestly he did give a handful of minutes to Cole, who earned kudos from the Knick announcers when on the floor. (And I could have sworn he had 3 blocks, not 2). But it was less than either Wear or Smith. At this point it’s hard to determine if Fisher sees rebounding as a huge gaping hole on the Knicks defense, or if he just doesn’t have anyone else (other than Cole) that can fix the problem, so he just punts it every game. If the latter, then it’s up to Phil to put someone on the bench that can grab opponent misses.
With the Jets, they’re likely to lose their coach after the season. The same is unlikely with the Knicks. But the Jets have another problem: is their front office GM the solution, or just another problem? Idzik’s drafts haven’t panned out. The Jets’ main problems before Idzik joined, QB and DB, have only gotten worse despite spending high draft picks on them. So far it’s unclear what kind of GM Phil Jackson is, but this team has a cavernous flaw in rebounding. Can he recognize the problem & help the team with a personnel move, or is he oblivious to what the advanced stats have made so obvious?