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The Knicks Are Finally Winning—So Why Are Their Fans So Upset Right Now?

Submitted by on April 15, 2015 – 12:01 pmNo Comment

New York Knicks fans have been waiting for their team to show some signs of life all season long. Literally, all season long. So when the Knicks knocked off both the Orlando Magic and the Atlanta Hawks earlier this week to establish a two-game winning streak for themselves (two games isn’t much, but…), we expected Knicks fans to be happy about it. If nothing else, it proved that the team was still playing hard and trying to finish off the season strong.

Knicks fans most definitely weren’t happy about beating the Magic and Hawks, though. In fact, they were pretty upset about it. And they were upset because, at this point, the Knicks are better off losing games than they are winning them. By losing, they guarantee that they’ll get a better slot in the 2015 NBA Draft lottery. So losing—and losing as often as possible—is what most bad teams try and do at this point in the season. It’s unfortunate, but it’s what’s best for the future of those teams.

That being said, we don’t fault the Knicks for playing to win—and we don’t blame Knicks head coach Derek Fisher for downplaying the fact that so many Knicks fans were upset with the team for winning. After the team beat the Hawks, he explained that NBA players simply can’t be programmed to lose on purpose.

“I’m sure people are upset with us,” he said. “But I don’t think you can ever go out there and basically try and not play your best. Those two things don’t go together.”

He also said his players don’t care where the Knicks land in the draft this summer, especially since a number of them probably won’t be with the team anymore and are just doing their jobs by trying to win games.

“[The draft select] has no bearing on these guys’ lives and their careers and their livelihoods—who we pick next year,” Fisher said. “This is about them, and they went out and played that way.”

Do you have a problem with the Knicks winning meaningless games at the end of the season? We like it because, frankly, the Knicks could lose and still get a lower draft pick that they’d like. It’s going to come down to the luck of the draw. But we also understand why some Knicks fans are frustrated with the way the team is finishing their season and, after seeing everything they’ve been through this year, we can’t really blame them for lashing out.

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