The Knicks are riding high on their first win streak since late November after a win over the Magic on Tuesday night.
However, many are looking at it as a hindrance to the team's long-term plans of landing the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft. But the Knicks are still sitting in the No. 2 slot in the lottery at the moment with a 13-48 record.
So, head coach David Fizdale and the rest of the team are going to enjoy the success they have put together since the All-Star break.
"They told me develop these guys, play to win every single night and that's what I preach to them and that's what they expect out of me," Fizdale told reporters at practice on Wednesday. "We went on a losing streak and couldn't win a game. Now the fruits of our labor are starting to show a little bit and we've had a little bit of success, but it doesn't change our approach to anything when it co mes to [the] lottery and things like that. We're just trying to win every game."
So what has changed for the Knicks to spark this "little bit of success" Fizdale is talking about? Emmanuel Mudiay admits nothing has changed, but players simply putting more work in at the gym.
"It's just the same thing he's been doing. He hasn't changed nothing up, just staying positive -- keep working. Our habits are getting better. One thing that we've been doing is staying consistent with the way we've been working. Players staying after, players coming before and staying with the work."
The Knicks will have a good chance to move that win streak to three games on Thursday night when they host the Cavaliers, who are right behind New York in the lottery with the third-worst record in the NBA at 14-47.