Jeff Hornacek concedes Knicks unlikely to reach playoffs
The New York Knicks have once again endured another one of the organization’s patented dysfunctional seasons. And head coach Jeff Hornacek seemed to drive the final nail in the coffin in this year’s nightmarish campaign by conceding the Knicks are unlikely to make a magical run to the postseason.
Hornacek essentially accepted the seemingly inevitable endgame ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
“The playoffs may not be in reach, but this could (be a time) for some of our other guys who might get some time to show what they really can do and build something for next year.”
The Knicks did manage to beat the Pacers by a score of 87-81 following Hornacek’s quasi-obituary for the season. But the team nevertheless sits at 27-41 and No. 12 in the Eastern Conference, a full six games out of the eighth and final playoff spot with only 14 games remaining.
Hornacek did, however, try to put a positive spin on an otherwise disappointing season, suggesting that technically, it’s not over until it’s over.
“Until you’re mathematically done you’re always going for it. But sometimes it’s realistic,” Hornacek said. “Many, many things will have to happen for that to happen (to make the playoffs). So you just have to go out and play every game. You can’t worry about the past. You can’t worry about your games coming up. You just have to go out there play tonight and try to win this game.”
The likelihood of the Knicks going on some torrid hot streak — not to mention the need for every team ahead of them to go on a precipitous slide — and make the playoffs are slim to none. That will make it four straight seasons the Knicks have failed to reach the postseason.
It almost goes without saying that bringing in Phil Jackson to stabilize the organization has had the exact opposite effect. And between Jackson’s embarrassing feud with Carmelo Anthony, the organization’s battle with one of its all-time greats and all the losing, among other signs of total dysfunction?
Well, it’s been yet another season to forget with the Knickerbockers.