The New York Knicks had their season opener on Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls. The highlight for the Knicks that night was probably Amare Stoudemire singing Shake It Off with Taylor Swift in a video. Other than that, the basketball game didn’t go so well as they were plastered, 104-80.
Team President Phil Jackson was, of course, watching this debacle. Jackson is known to throw a jab at his own teams here and there and he certainly wasn’t shy about making a few comments about the Knickerbockers.
With another daunting test awaiting them Thursday against LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland, the Knicks opened the Jax-Fisher era by flunking geometry in ugly fashion. They shot just 36.5% from the field − including 3-for-17 from three-point range − and were overmatched at both ends in a boo-filled 104-80 blowout loss to the Bulls in their season opener at the Garden.
“Not ready for Showtime, were we?” Jackson replied when asked for comment by the Daily News outside his waiting car after the game. “I can’t tell how long it will take.”
I don’t know if it’s by design but Carmelo Anthony only managed to get up 13 shots and scored 14 points. Although Stoudemire had a fairly good showing, let’s not be fooled here; Melo is pretty much the only all-star the Knicks have. They’re going to need more from Anthony if the Knicks are gunning for a playoff spot.
But Phil Jackson is right. It takes a while for teams to learn the Triangle (usually a season or two). This is part of the learning process the Knicks are going to have to go through. And Knicks fans have to be patient with this team.
As if the Knicks fans haven’t been patient enough. But, yes, the first game certainly showed that the team is not ready for anything.
Phil Jackson picture courtesy of Getty Images.