Knicks get ripped after blowout loss in first preseason game


To be fair, does anyone remember the first Clevland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors preseason game last year? Exactly, so there is no need to put too much of an emphasis on the first preseason game — especially considering the changes that have been made for a team like the New York Knicks.

However, despite the acquisitions of players like Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee and the emergence of phenom Kristaps Porzingis, Phil Jackson is on the hot seat — at least in the eyes of Knicks fans. And even though it is just preseason, losing the opening game by 27 points while giving up 130 points isn’t exactly the start you want to have. So what naturally happens in the world of sports when you combine expectations with not producing right away? That’s right, we jump off the bandwagon and make overblown statements. Which is what ESPN analysts Jalen Rose and Chauncey Billups appeared to do at the end of the Knicks/Rockets game Tuesday night.


I’d never believe the day in which a team with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis couldn’t claw their way to at least an eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks aren’t deep, but you’d have to figure the Heat, Hawks and Hornets probably will regress this season and the Bulls have essentially flipped their roster — which will require time to get acclimated just like the Knicks. Then there is the Washington Wizards who you would assume could have a big year if they stay healthy, but the Knicks should at least be in that mix of teams vying for a seventh or eighth seed when the dust settles.

More importantly, we’re five minutes into October. Settle down Jalen and Chauncey.