New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson has promised fans that the organisation is working tirelessly to build a competitive roster for next season.
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Jackson implored fans to remain optimistic ahead of next year, as he reiterated that the front office has a plan in place that has forced them to make difficult decisions this season.
“While I know this has been a challenging season for our team on the court, I can also tell you that everyone in the organization is working tirelessly to get our Knicks back to a place where we are once again competing at the highest level,” Jackson said, ESPN reports.
The Knicks have made significant roster moves this year which has freed up at least $25m in cap space for the summer, and they are expected to acquire a high-profile free agent to pair with Carmelo Anthony as well as obtaining a high Draft pick in June.
Nevertheless, Jackson conceded that this season has been difficult as the Knicks enter play on Wednesday with a 14-60 record which is the worst in the NBA.
“We have a clear plan and expect our efforts to take really take shape as we enter the 2015 draft and free agency in the months ahead. I ask that you remain optimistic and hope you will join us on our continued journey as we build a team that once again reflects the spirit of being a New York Knick.”
It is the first time in the franchise’s 69-year history that they have lost 60 games, and it comes after various trade deals which saw them lose the likes of JR Smith and Iman Shumpert.
Anthony was ruled out for the rest of the season shortly after the All-Star break after struggling with a knee problem throughout the campaign, but he will return healthy next season and Jackson will be hoping that a strong number of season-ticket holders return with him.
Much of that will depend on what moves he makes this off-season, but after signing a five-year contract reportedly worth $60m according to ESPN, Jackson is under pressure to prove that he deserves his money by rebuilding this Knicks team and making them relevant again.