Kyle O'Quinn took a shot at the Nets after the Knicks lost to them, 121-110, on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
"It doesn't sit well," O'Quinn said, according to the NY Post. "We got to go to the drawing board. But we don't play them no more. I think they got us this year. But it's tough, you know? A team like that, you look at the roster [and say] they shouldn't be in the gym with us, I feel. But they played hard. And anybody can win. It's March: Anybody can win in March."
Thursday night was the Knicks' second loss to the Nets this week, coming on the heels of their 120-112 loss on Sunday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Knicks are 27-42, 6.5 games behind the Pistons for the eighth and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference with 13 games remaining in the season.
The Nets, at 13-54, have the worst record in the NBA.
While taking aim at the Nets, O'Quinn's criticism says more about the Knicks than it does their opponent.
The difference between the Knicks and Nets is that one team is meeting expectations and the other one isn't. Brooklyn has the worst record in the NBA, but this transition period was to be expected.
The organization has patience and a clear vision. Whether or not things come to fruition remains to be seen, but perhaps that's the beauty of it all. There's reason to be optimistic because the relative unknown could lead to a positive path. The Nets have a handful of youthful assets and have signed veterans to reasonably short term contracts to serve as stopgaps along the way.
As far as the Knicks are concerned, they've spent big on veterans and have needed to get creative around finding intriguing prospects. They're a team that, like Brooklyn, could use more flexibility moving forward.
Being committed to players like Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Lance Thomas doesn't provide them the room they need. As such, the investments they've made aren't paying off. Such a failure makes this team arguably worse off than Brooklyn's current state of losing makes them.