Give Kristaps Porzingis credit for recognising the obvious, he sees the same things the rest of the world sees where the Knicks are concerned.
They're not very good this season, nowhere near the team they assumed they'd be heading into tonight's matchup against the LA Clippers at Staples Center.
Porzingis, however, has identified the culprit for what ails the Knicks this season. He blames faulty team chemistry for their struggles. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News explains:
In fact, Porzingis repeated on Sunday what he said in early January, at a time when the Knicks had every reason to believe they’d qualify for the playoffs. Porzingis felt something was wrong with the team then and his instincts were spot on.
“I think it was pretty easy to tell from the inside that we’re not that good of a team,” Porzingis said at the team’s hotel here. “We can win games based off of our talent but that’s not going to last long and that’s exactly what happened.”
The Knicks are 27-42 entering today's game against the Clippers. They lost twice to the lowly Nets over five days last week to clinch their fourth straight losing season. Derrick Rose said on Sunday it will take a “miracle” for the Knicks to finish eighth.
Sitting at 27-42 and set to miss the playoffs, the Knicks face a tough off-season with speculation growing surrounding Rose and Carmelo Anthony's future. Adding to the Knicks woes is Joakim Noah's injury struggles, leaving Porzingis as the lone bright spot on the roster.
Although he has impresed in patches this season, he has watched on as fellow young bigs Karl Anthony-Towns and Nikola Jokic have rapidly developed with their young cores in Minnesota and Denver.