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Derek Fisher wouldn’t view Knicks missing playoffs as a disappointment


The New York Knicks currently find themselves on the outside looking in on the chase for playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but head coach Derek Fisher insists he wouldn’t view this season as a disappointment should the team fail to reach the postseason.

“No. … Disappointment in what? We’re a developing team with a ton of new players,” Fisher said on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN 98.7 FM, via ESPN. “There are not a lot of elite teams that are depending on rookies to carry the day. So we have to be reasonable about who we are and where we are and accept what is and not get caught up in what we should be and allow other people to define what our success is.”

Fisher may be right to a certain extent about the Knicks’ relying heavily upon the play of rookie Kristaps Porzingis, but they wouldn’t be the first team to sneak into the playoffs on the backs of young players.

Following Tuesday night’s 97-89 loss at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks, losers of two straight and seven of 10, fell to 23-28. The recent slide has left them in 11th place in the East, trailing the current eighth-seeded Indiana Pacers (25-23) by three-and-a-half games but five games in the loss column.

Fisher said after the loss that the Knicks must focus upon the “process,” not the results.

On the other hand, Knicks owner James Dolan was spotted leaving his executive suite following the loss looking disappointed. To what extent and what it means in the grand scheme of things is unclear.

But even if Fisher stresses that he wouldn’t view missing the playoffs as a disappointment, that doesn’t mean those higher up in the organization, specifically Dolan and team president Phil Jackson, would view such an outcome the same way.