The new mindset around the NBA has been to either contend for a championship or bottom out for a top draft pick-- with no in between. But Knicks' general manager Scott Perry doesn't quite see it that way.
The Knicks have surprisingly jumped to a 12-12 record to start the season when many figured they might tank.
"I think it's very important if you're playing meaningful basketball late in the season because of the culture you're trying to build here," Perry said, via Marc Berman of the NY Post. "I'll also say wherever we wind up in the draft, whether on the playoff side or lottery side, I have extreme confidence in the scouting and front-office staff we're going to add some talented players to the mix here."
Perry believes that it's best for Kristaps Porzingis and the rest of the young core to play meaningful basketball.
"I just believe it's important to compete hard, do the very best you can, let the amount of wins organically happen vs. trying to put your team in position not to win," Perry said. "I don't think that's healthy for any culture. I think if you try to institutionalize losing, that's hard to get out of your building. You may never get that out of your building."