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New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire has insisted that the franchise’s current losing streak is “beyond imagination” as they continue to struggle this season.
The Knicks lost their 21st game in their last 22 outings in a 95-82 defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night, and it leaves them with a 5-31 record for the season, the most losses of any team in the NBA.
Carmelo Anthony missed his second straight game due to knee soreness and while there is no clear timetable on his return, the Knicks’ struggles look set to continue.
“It’s beyond my imagination at this point,” he said Sunday before the Bucks game.
“I never thought I’d see this. … This is definitely kind of mind-boggling.”
New York suffered their 11th straight loss and they are now just one loss shy of tying the franchise mark of 12 straight defeats, last suffered in 1984-85. This current team has already set the record for consecutive home losses with a 10th straight loss, and they were greeted with chants of “Fire Fisher!” in the fourth quarter on Sunday.
However, Anthony is amongst a group of players who have publicly defended their coach, insisting that the team would have crumbled without him at the helm this season.
Stoudemire also missed the game on Sunday, his fourth straight, with knee soreness, and he conceded that this wasn’t the way he envisioned what could be his final year in New York playing out.
“When I first signed with New York, that wasn’t the game plan,” Stoudemire said. “… But the past is not here. And neither is the future, so we’ve got to deal with the now, and I think we’ve just got to continue to try to get better as a team and as players, try to keep improving.”
The Knicks have a first-round Draft pick in June and they are also expected to have significant cap space this summer to help sign a top free agent to help re-shape the roster.
However, until then they are expected to continue to struggle with both Anthony and Stoudemire likely to be sidelined for the next few games.