The Knicks have opted to forgo wearing their (beautiful) new orange weekend jersey tonight against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. They are citing their 0-6 record while wearing them to justify the decision.
Well folks, this is the definition of a team being so delusional and desperate that they start blaming their garments for their poor performance rather than the culprits themselves. It’s not the jerseys, which, for the record, I think are really nice, it’s the guys wearing them and the man directing them from the sidelines.
It must be the jerseys that prevented this team from playing any semblance of defense during those games. In the 6 games in which the Knicks have worn the new unis they have allowed an average of 106.3 points. They allowed 100+ points in all but one of the games, a 82-81 defeat to the Chicago Bulls, and have held their opponents to under 50% shooting from the field in only 3 of those games and never under 40%. They allowed the Atlanta Hawks to shoot a staggering 56.4% from the floor as a team while wearing the haunted jerseys.
The jersey does not just hinder the team on the defensive end of the floor either, they also prove to have a big influence on the offensive abilities of the players who wear them. When the Knicks wear too much orange they apparently can’t shoot or score. The orange jerseys held the team under 45% shooting in every single one of those games. The jerseys also held the team to just 88.7 points per game, and only permitted the team to eclipse 100 points only one time, a 109-100 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
These orange jerseys are a curse! Burn them all! Let’s forget that the team is 4 games under .500 in the other jerseys as well.
(all stats via knicks.com)