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New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher insists that the atmosphere within the team is good despite a six-game losing streak and their struggles so far this season.
The first year coach has emphasised that the locker room is stronger despite the 2-7 start to the season, and he is confident that the players will begin to improve and turn things around sooner rather than later.
“It actually is good,” Fisher said when asked if he has seen any doubt creep in during the slide.
“We continue to see more resolve as we have gone on. As we go through this process, we have more and more guys taking individual responsibility and accountability for what’s going and how we each can help the team get better. And that is important to building a team and a culture — owning what is happening with the team.
“I think in the past, there have been issues with more finger-pointing out as opposed to finger-pointing in. We are now having a locker room of guys that are pointing to themselves about how they can help us get better.”
Rumours consistently surfaced last season during Mike Woodson’s last year in charge as the Knicks finished the regular season with a 37-45 record and missed out on the playoffs that the players were not on the same page.
However, Fisher is confident that those same problems will not haunt the team this year as they also recognise that it is still a work in progress and that they will eventually enjoy success with the much talked about triangle offense.
The Knicks coach was also keen to stress that he didn’t always want star forward Carmelo Anthony taking the last shot of the game with JR Smith facing criticism after lobbing up a 27-footer at the buzzer in the 97-95 loss to the Orlando Magic.
Fisher revealed that they cleaned a few things up during practice on Thursday in order to know how to handle those situations better, but he is pleased with what he has seen so far and is adamant that better times are ahead.