Monday, September 26, 2022

The Knicks are fired for revenge against the Nets.

At the end of a season that began with such high expectations for New York professional basketball, Wednesday’s final Knicks-Nets matchup comes with tragic results:

A chance for the Knicks to spoil the Nets’ chances of being in the top class of the play-in tournament.

Can you feel the excitement?

The Knicks and Nets entered the Eastern Conference on Tuesday night as 10th and 11th respectively, well below those key preseason predictions. Tom Thibodeau’s squad, dropped from the playoffs, has now plunged into the familiar anti-climactic phase of touting the importance of more ping pong balls as they build winning habits.

Still, the young Knicks (35-44) seemed more motivated to outdo the opponent after Tuesday’s practice.

“It’s a big game. I know I’m excited. I know the team is fired,” said RJ Barrett.

Why?

“One, just the Battle of New York and two, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving,” Barrett replied. “For me, my godfather (Nets coach Steve Nash) is on the other side, so it’s always a big matchup.”

Another motivating factor is the Knicks’ six consecutive losses to the Nets, including the home team’s epic collapse at the Gardens less than a month ago. The Nets entered their Tuesday game against the Rockets just one game behind the formerly eighth-placed Hawks.

Obi Toppin said, “We have to win (against the Nets).” “We lost many close matches against him. We just have to win against them. We have to come out with a lot of energy. We are in our house in the garden. So we have to come out with this win.”

rose officially withered

Thibodeau said he “doesn’t see” Derrick Rose playing again this season, meaning the point guard may have missed the final 53 games of the season.

Rose, 33, signed a three-year, $44 million deal last summer, had ankle surgery in December and was back nearly two months later. But the area around the surgery became infected, requiring a second procedure.

Thibodeau did not rule out Rose’s return as of Tuesday. Rose played 26 games this season, averaging 12 points and making four assists on 45% shooting.

Thibodeau also reiterated that Julius Randall (an aggrieved Quad) is likely to be out for the remaining three matches.

Max Man?

Barrett admitted he is “interested” in how their contract talks will go this summer, but isn’t feeling the pressure to carry the torch as the future face of the franchise.

Barrett is eligible for a maximum extension of five years, $181 million, before next season.

“There’s no pressure. … have fun. I feel like my personality, what type of person I am, there’s no pressure. I embrace it,” Barrett said. “No matter how terrible I play, they do boo. I play well and they are happy no matter what. …whatever happens in the summer, happens. I know I have zero control over it. Whatever the front office feels like – I’m sure my agent is going to be involved a lot.

“So, I’m not too worried about it,” he continued. “I’ve been giving it my all since I moved here, so whatever happens this summer, it’s something like this. It’s not up to me.”

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