New York Knicks Rumors
The Knicks have the NBA’s ninth-worst record, and are one-half game behind Chicago in the Lottery standings. It’s a game that many Knicks fans probably are considering a must-lose to help the team leapfrog Chicago and improve their draft position. “It bothers me, but I understand,” Burke said. “From a fan’s standpoint I understand. But from a player’s standpoint, they have to understand as well. That’s all I ask of them. I ask the fans to understand our standpoint, too. Do you all want us to go out there and to look bad, to look like bums? They might say we already look like bums. Whatever they say.”
They don’t care where the team picks in the draft next year. Many of them are playing for contracts — including Burke — so they’re not thinking if they play poorly it helps the organization. “That’s not in my DNA to go out there and lose,” Burke said. “I don’t know how to play like that. I’ve never been taught how to play like that. We go out there, we got families. We’re not only playing for the organization, playing for the city, we’re playing for our families as well. I just don’t know how to do that.”
According to Hornacek, he gave Ntilikina limited minutes against Philadelphia on Thursday to avoid the rookie facing 6-10, rookie-of-the-year candidate Ben Simmons. And Hornacek wouldn’t start him Saturday despite Courtney Lee’s absence due to the 6-9 presence of shooting guard Nic Batum. Too much size and strength for the 19-year-old Ntilikina to handle. Or not?