Embarrassing New York Knicks’ Effort Should Raise Concerns

February 11th, 2011 by Leslie Monteiro Leave a reply »
When the game was over, both coaches had different expressions.

Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni left the court as a beaten man.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson was smug.

He was admiring his genius after watching his team celebrate a 113-96 victory against the Knicks last night at Madison Square Garden.

Jackson can act like that.

He wins championships, and he could win another one this year.

For all the talk about the Lakers being on the decline, they haven't played like it on their East Coast trip.

They could have mailed it in after beating the Celtics Thursday night, but instead, they played with a sense of purpose against the Knicks.

Kobe Bryant always wants to play well at Madison Square Garden, and he did it again by scoring 19 of his 33 points in the first quarter to set the tone. They wanted to make sure the Hall of Fame coach finished his last likely Garden visit with a victory.

D'Antoni has every reason to be concerned. The team looks like they want to get away from basketball altogether.

The Knicks coach had to be surprised about his team's play against the Lakers.< ...

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