New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn is not happy with the performance of the team recently.
The New York Knicks have been playing some poor basketball for a long time now. The losses have piled up, which is actually good for the Knicks future outlook. Since they actually own their first round pick this year, losing will actually help them.
But, losing does not sit well with some players. At the end of the day, playing basketball is still their profession. Like anyone else, they do not want to be embarrassed when performing their job.
That is what has happened to the Knicks recently more often than they would like. In the NBA, there is nothing more embarrassing this season than losing to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets have been in the cellar of the NBA virtually all season. They have a record of 13-54 on the season, 5.5 games clear of the next worst team.
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Two of those wins have come in the last week against the Knicks. Losing once to the Nets is bad enough, but losing twice in that short period of time is tough to stomach. The Nets handled the Knicks in both games, winning by eight last Sunday and 11 on Thursday night.
That has not sat well with Kyle O’Quinn. O’Quinn has been one of the bright spots for the Knicks this season and he is fed up with all the losing recently, especially their performance against the lowly Nets.
"“It doesn’t sit well…. We don’t play them no more so I think they got us this year. It’s tough. A team like that, you look at the roster, they shouldn’t be in the gym with us, I feel. But they played hard and anybody can win. It’s March. Anybody can win in March.” – Kyle O’Quinn via ESPN New York’s Ian Begley."
The Knicks and Nets actually split their season series this season; the Knicks won the first two games and the Nets took the last two. While the Nets didn’t take the season series as O’Quinn thought, he makes a good point.
While losing benefits the Knicks, in the long run, it is nice to see players still caring about the product on the court. Too often this season it has seemed that the Knicks and the organization as a whole did not care about the product on the court. We saw Brandon Jennings speak out about it previously this season, and O’Quinn is now giving his two cents as well.
You can be sure that O’Quinn will bring his A game the rest of the season no matter where the Knicks are in the standings. It would do the organization well to get more players with the fire and passion of O’Quinn. He wants to win, which should be the goal of everyone, players, coaches, and front office personnel alike.