NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — You know things have gone from bad to brutal when the paper bags come out.
The New York Knicks extended their franchise-record losing streak to 14 games on Thursday night. They’ve now lost 24 of 25 games and own the worst record in the NBA at 5-34.READ MORE: NYPD: Washington Heights Suspect Stole $9,000 From Victim's Car Before Opening Fire When Man Tried To Take Gun
To add to the embarrassment on the court: five fans with great seats suffered through the game while wearing paper bags on their heads. And it was all seen on national television.
“I mean, fans are going to do stuff,” Knicks forward Jason Smith said after the 120-96 loss to Houston, according to the New York Daily News. “You can have signs up during the game to support your favorite player. Some people like to do some crazy stuff.”
One member of the frustrated five, sitting courtside, told the Daily News it’s “not fair what they’re doing,” presumably referring to Knicks president Phil Jackson executing a fire sale that is likely to diminish the team’s chances of winning even further this season. Jackson traded two major members of coach Derek Fisher’s rotation — Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith — to Cleveland this week to clear cap space.
“We’re doing this because the Knicks are the worst team,” the fan told the newspaper. “They’re terrible.”
Fans have become increasingly agitated in Manhattan. Chants of “Fire Fisher” broke out during the team’s last home game on Sunday.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Killed In Double Shooting On Lower East Side, Second Victim In Hospital
Without Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire of Andrea Bargnani in the lineup, Fisher tried to give a pep talk to his overmatched team that was caught on camera by TNT.
“Just relax. it’s basketball. All the rules of the game are the same, the basket is the same height, they put their shorts on the same way you put yours on,” Fisher told his players. “Doesn’t matter who it is over there. Believe in who you are. You can play the game.”
It didn’t work.
The Knicks will attempt to snap their losing streak Saturday afternoon against the Charlotte Hornets at MSG.
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