Marcus Morris: Knicks still ‘have a great shot’ to make playoffs
The New York Knicks may be currently among the cellar-dwellers in the Eastern Conference, but Marcus Morris nevertheless believes the 7-21 team can still compete for a playoff spot.
Riding high after the Knicks throttled the Atlanta Hawks in a 143-120 win at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, Morris said that the team can still recover from such a miserable start and make some noise in the postseason chase.
"I'm not gonna go out and say we're going to make the playoffs, but s—, that's what we're fighting towards. If we continue to play like this and pull together, we have a great shot to do it"— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) December 18, 2019
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Morris obviously is taking a “glass half full” approach to the Knicks’ season, one in which an early-season coaching change has already been made when Mike Miller took over for David Fizdale on Dec. 6 amid a 4-18 start.
The 30-year-old veteran also addressed after the win how he organized a players-only meeting on the day Fizdale was ultimately fired. Reports suggest Morris called out the team over accountability, specifically singling out Julius Randle and RJ Barrett, per sources.
“I truly believe (the meeting had an impact on the team),” Morris said Tuesday night. “Guys are using the word accountability all the time. That’s something young guys don’t buy into but our young guys are coming into their own, they’re trying really hard.”
It may seem ridiculous for Morris to suggest the Knicks still have a shot at postseason contention. That said, it’s clear Morris takes his role of team leader seriously, and believes the onus is on him to somehow cultivate a winning culture in the locker room.
While such an approach may not pay dividends this season in the form of a playoff berth — despite Morris’ optimistic proclamation — the Knicks have to start somewhere. After all, given the years and years of embarrassing organizational dysfunction, there’s no place to go but up for the Knicks.