Coming into this season, I had the New York Knicks taking a step backward in my Sheridan Hoops preview column. But not this far back.
New York is tied for the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference with a 3-8 mark and J.R. Smith, arguably the team’s second best player, is in crisis mode.
“They say it’s too early to panic,” Smith said after Wednesday’s hard-fought overtime loss to Indiana, the team’s sixth straight home setback. “Me personally, I panic. I don’t like this. I don’t want to play 3-8 basketball. I don’t want to play 50-50 basketball. If we’re going to be a championship caliber team and call ourselves that, we’ve got to play like that. We can’t be any other way.”