By late on Jan. 8 in Oakland, there is a chance the Knicks will own the NBA’s worst record. That is how murderous the Knicks’ schedule will turn starting on Christmas and ending against the Warriors.
Knicks coach David Fizdale said he’s just trying to cope, “rewire” his brain and keep reminding his players of that symbolic ax the club schleps to all of its road games. After losing seven of their past eight, the Knicks carried the fifth-worst record into Wednesday’s game in Philly, at 9-23 with a .281 winning percentage.
And it’s probably going to get much worse.
“This season I’m finding victories in small things,” Fizdale admitted at the morning shootaround at Wells Fargo Center. “I’ve had to shift the way my competitive [nature] because all of us are bred as athletes your whole life to win at all costs. When you don’t win it’s death. You’re hardwired that way. But now that I’m coaching this team and I understand struggles we’re going to go through, I’ve had to kind of reboot myself to say, ‘OK, what’s really a victory for us?’”
Fizdale admitted Sixers coach Brett Brown, who presided over the embarrassing, five-season “Trust The Process” stretch, also had to change.