Courtney Lee has joined the conversation in whether or not his head coach, Jeff Hornacek, deserves the blame for the Knicks' horrendous season this year.
His answer? He decided to ask the media in question form what they think.
"For what, injuries? For Tim (Hardaway) having a stress fracture? For (Kristaps Porzingis) going down?" Lee told the Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "How you blame coach for that? That's a question for you, can you answer that on the record?"
"You ask me all these questions, can I get an answer? Now I'm about to beat around the bush from this point on for the rest of the interview if you can't answer the question."
Lee, like others on the roster, don't like hearing that Hornacek should be on the chopping block at the end of the season. As he noted, no one including Hornacek could have predicted all the injuries to key players let alone the rebuilding stage the team is in.
However, rumors like this are expected, and Lee tries to block it out as much as he can.
"That's part of the NBA, like you said, trade deadline, everybody is in trade talks, everybody is in free agent talks all that other stuff. You got to go about your business," Lee said. "You can't let that distract you and that's the same thing for (coaches). They hear the talks, you still have to go about your job so it's all the same. It's all about being professional."
The Knicks did start off in unexpected fashion, which is why this abysmal second half hasn't been easy for fans or the team for that matter. But that doesn't mean blame needs to be placed on a single individual, in this case Hornacek.
Lee doesn't find that fair.
"You gotta realize, we were on a run early on, we hit adversity and you can't blame anybody for that. Injuries happen. That's the world we live in today, we have to blame somebody, right? You can't control that," Lee said.
However, the reality for Hornacek is these four games left in the season could very well be his last.