The New York Knicks dropped their fourth straight game and fell to a 3-8 record, tied for the second-worst in the Eastern Conference, on Wednesday evening. With Tyson Chandler out of the lineup, the Knicks have been riding Carmelo Anthony, who hasn’t been able to carry them to that many wins so far. While most of the players would say that it’s just a slow start and not a reason to panic, J.R. Smith is of another opinion.
“We’re frustrated,” Smith said of where the team is mentally, despite most saying it’s too early to panic. “Like you say, it’s too early to panic, but me, personally, I’m panicking. I don’t like this.”
“I don’t want to play 3-8 basketball,” Smith continued, in regard to the Knicks’ record. “I don’t want to play 50-50 basketball. If we’re going to be a championship-caliber team and call ourselves that, then we’ve gotta play like that. It can’t be no other way.”
It might be a bit too early to panic, as the Knicks are short-handed and have had a couple of really close games. Still, Smith has a point. The Knicks have never really looked like a serious title contender, but right now they barely look like a playoff team. The offense seems as uninspiring as ever, relying mostly on isolation plays. And in the middle of that, we have the never-ending trade rumors that have been circulating in the media.