Knicks fall to 24-point loss to Chicago Bulls in season opener…
New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson has conceded that the team weren’t ready ahead of their season opener against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
The Knicks fell to a 104-80 loss at Madison Square Garden to their Eastern Conference rivals, and their weaknesses on both ends of the court were exposed by Tom Thibodeau’s men.
With new coach Derek Fisher overseeing matters, New York hit just 37 percent of their shots and allowed Chicago to score 42 points in the paint.
The problems stem from the players still struggling to adjust to the triangle offense, while the roster also lacks an out-and-out rim protector as the Bulls made the most of it when Samuel Dalembert headed to the bench.
“Not ready for showtime, were we guys?” Jackson said.
“I can’t say how long it’s going to take,” he added, but the 13-time NBA champion insisted that he expected the team to struggle to start the season.
Fisher insisted that the team is going somewhere, but they will have to fight hard in the early stages of the season as they get accustomed to the system and new players on the roster.
Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton were traded to the Dallas Mavericks in the off-season with Jose Calderon and Dalembert moving in the opposite direction.
However, with Dalembert and Carmelo Anthony off the court, Chicago went on a 25-10 run across the first and second quarters which allowed them to go on and secure the blow-out win with the Knicks players conceding that they let their heads drop.
It doesn’t get much easier for Fisher and Jackson as the team heads to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Thursday night with LeBron James set to make his comeback for the franchise.