ESPN Forecast had their panel rank the front office of every NBA team — the owner, “basketball decision maker” and head coach — on a 0-10 scale.
Results: The Knicks came in dead last.
New York averaged a score of 3.21, last place, behind the Milwaukee Bucks by three tenths of a point, who came in at 3.54.
It is unknown whether or not ESPN Forecast’s ranking includes the recent hire of Phil Jackson.
Harris DeckerThis is an absurd ranking simply because of a lack of information given in the report. For instance, when was this survey conducted? I’d very much call into question a survey that ranks the Knicks last in the league with Phil Jackson running the show. I’d imagine that his presence alone would add a huge amount of legitimacy in the eyes this mysterious panel.
Another thing missing from the report is a clear indication of who makes up this panel. Included are respected NBA reporters like Ian Begley and Chris Broussard alongside a slew of regional reporters who’s names wouldn’t ring a bell. There are even a handful of people included who may never cover basketball. Does the opinion of someone working on ESPN’s social media team really count in this survey?
It could be bad luck for ESPN that they did their study a few days early but calling the Knicks the worst front office in the NBA is simply wrong, especially because there is no date given. If this study was done over the past seven calendar days then the panel are not in their right minds. If it was done days before Jackson was introduced then that should be shared.
In the end, reports like this just piss people off and make fans beat their chests. I don’t give them much of a look, except when one of my teams ranks dead last. It’s no secret here that this report got me going and it’s in the best interest of New York fans to cast it aside and focus on winning the next seven games.