According to new Knicks GM Scott Perry, the fan base wouldn't mind if this year's squad loses as long as they "fight hard every night."
One New York team (the Jets) has already embraced that mantra, and the Knicks are similar with their own group of young players that need to develop. Perry is convinced that the fans wouldn't mind seeing a losing season if his rebuild looks promising.
"Fans in general respect teams who compete and fight hard every night," Perry told The Post's Marc Berman. "I think fans will respect that. We'll see where that takes us. Nobody has a crystal ball, what that's going to mean for results this year. Let that play out."
"The big thing is the team competing, playing hard, playing together, trying to defend every night. If we can do that, they can live with the results. The fans will at least see the proper direction we're headed. That's going to be key -- establishing direction where we're headed as an organization."
Head coach Jeff Hornacek compared his current situation with the Knicks to 76ers head coach, Brett Brown, who had to endure multiple seasons of failing teams to get to where the team is now as a poatential playoff contender. The Knicks finally traded away Carmelo Anthony, and in return, received Doug McDermott and Enes Kanter who are both under the age of 25.
"You got to find the combination," Hornacek said. "Brett Brown has figured out a good way to do that. You understand the process you have to go through. You try to not sacrifice what you're trying to do to build just to win some games."
Perry reiterated the Knicks' efforts to build their new team the proper way.
"We want to build the right way," he said. "It's like building a home. You want to build a solid foundation. It takes time to establish that foundation. We'll be opportunistic as we move along the way but keep focusing on development."
The Knicks are currently 0-2 in the preseason as three games remain before the start of the regular season. They travel to Oklahoma City to kick off their season against Anthony and the Thunder on Oct. 19.
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What an awful thing to say before the season has even begun. I understand the intent and Scott Perry has done a nice job since he got here, but Knicks fans don't want to hear about fighting hard and losing as a result.
This is not a comment he should be making after two preseason losses. This team has had four straight losing seasons, which included one 17-65 season. As much as some teams need to lose to eventually win, this is New York City. This is the number one market. It's a different story.
This roster isn't built to a win a championship. This roster may not be built to sneak into the playoffs. But it's not unrealistic to think they can compete for the final playoff spot in a weak Eastern Conference.
The Carmelo Anthony trade should not equate to 'let's lose, but try hard.' For Perry to say he's not worried about wins couldn't sound more preposterous. That's the worst thing to say to your players and even your head coach. The Knicks have a lot of youth on the roster, and he shouldn't be establishing a losing culture early in their careers.
Put some confidence in some of this roster you put together, Scott!