Michael Beasley didn’t hold back after the New York Knicks’ loss on Friday.
The New York Knicks have been a mess in 2018 and Kristaps Porzingis’ injury hasn’t helped.
The Knicks ended up falling to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night and star forward Michael Beasley didn’t hold back in calling out his teammates for being selfish.
“How many assists did we have tonight?’’ Beasley asked after the loss, via the NY Post. “It’s a lot of things. A lot.”
The Knicks only recorded 24 assists on 41 baskets for the night.
“Offensively, it’s hard to get involved,” Beasley said as he walked out of the visitor’s locker room at Staples Center late Friday. “It’s hard to get a rhythm. That’s why I asked you about the assists.”
During his brief stint in China, Beasley has learned that passing the ball is just as important as scoring, but unfortunately with Jarrett Jack not playing, Trey Burke, Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay haven’t gotten the job done when it comes to distributing the ball.
“I can’t be the only one trying to figuring it out,” Beasley said regarding their inability to pass the ball. “We got to figure it out together. We just don’t play the right way of basketball at times. And that’s frustrating.”
“No defense — we only had one quarter we kept them under 30,” Hornacek said. “It was a terrible defensive effort.’’
For some reason the Knicks didn’t want any part of Clippers’ center DeAndre Jordan.
“He’s long and can jump, and we’re not as athletic as him, but you foul the guy,” Hornacek said. “We made the comment at halftime the guy had seven buckets in the first half and we didn’t foul him once. He’s a 58 percent free-throw shooter. You got to play smart and playing tough and not let them have easy buckets. It’s about pride. It was like a layup line in the second half. All easy stuff.”
The Knicks are talented enough to make the playoffs. But it’s not happening this season due to the fact that they simply don’t know how to play great basketball as a unit on a consistent basis.
The lack of consistency, falls on the players, but clearly Hornacek is failing to get through to his team and that’s a big problem.