In an interview published in the New York Post last week, New York Knicks owner Jim Dolan said he still thinks “this team can win a championship.”
These numbers suggest otherwise:
23 minutes, 0-3 field goal shooting, 0-0 free throw shooting, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, 3 personal fouls.
That was the stat line of Iman Shumpert, the Knicks’ third-year guard, during New York’s 102-91 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. In 23 minutes of playing basketball, it’s almost impossible to have just a single positive box-score statistic — nice steal, Shump. The Knicks were also outscored by 22 points while Shumpert was on the floor.
Not trying to pick on Shumpert here, but he signifies New York’s ongoing dysfunction under Dolan’s leadership. Shumpert has clashed with his coach, Mike Woodson, and been the subject of trade talk. His head clearly isn’t in the right place.
And the Knicks, at 3-10, are tied for last place.