By: Jayden Racca
As the 2021-2022 season winds down, fans of the New York Knicks have been left with very little to cheer for following a disappointing year.
Fans of the historic franchise are known around the league as some of the most passionate there are. Therefore, after making the playoffs in 2020-2021, this year’s struggles have been even more frustrating than in years past for many.
For longtime Knicks fan Steven Racca, part of his frustration comes from the play of All Star forward Julius Randle. He stated, “I don’t think he’s the answer going forward. I think if they could look to move him I’d have no problem doing so.”
Others view the problem as head coach Tom Thibodeau. Fan Shane Mallory believes that Thibodeau “has been a disaster this year.” Mallory would go on to add that “His rotations just make no sense whatsoever and he doesn’t play the young guys.”
Going into last offseason, many believed that just a few minor tweaks were needed to further their successes, particularly on the offensive end of the floor. These changes came with the additions of point guard Kemba Walker and shooter Evan Fournier, two moves that have been criticized since.
Besides Walker no longer being a part of the team, the biggest complaint with these moves has been the sacrifice they made defensively. Mallory said, “the team has no defensive grit which is something that they prided themselves on last year.”
Sitting at 30 and 41 with 11 games to play, playoff hopes are fairly nonexistent. With this being the case, many hope to see more playing time from the younger players. Racca stated, “Give more minutes to the guys you think have a future with the team. Give more minutes to Obi [Toppin], see a little bit of [Miles] McBride…I would go as much youth as I can and see what we have there.”