Question: Is it wrong, as a Knicks fan, to be rooting for the Knicks to lose, even though they do not have a pick in the upcoming draft? I just hate how the team is run and I’m hoping with failure the front office will change how the team is run.
Sam SpiegelmanJames, that’s a great question, and I really think it’s fair because it goes beyond just the Knicks or basketball and into the whole philosophy of being a sports fan.
I don’t think it’s wrong to root for the Knicks to lose. I also don’t think it’s wrong to root for the Knicks to win. You can root any way you’d like, because they’re your team, and nobody can tell you that you’re wrong.
Here’s the argument: rooting for the Knicks to lose — in theory — should come as a wake-up call to the organization. Obviously, James Dolan isn’t calling you up asking you which players he should go after in free agency. But as a fan, you’re hoping losing infuriates the front office and management, and that with so many people down about how this season has gone, the offseason will bring a major overhaul and a change for the better. You have Carmelo Anthony averaging 40-somewhat points per night, a perennial All-Star in Tyson Chandler and a promising rookie in Tim Hardaway Jr., yet this team can’t even beat the Charlotte Bobcats to be the No. 8 seed.
Oh, and the team is just a year removed from being the No. 2 seed. Talk about regression.
In the NBA Draft it’s rarely a lock that having a draft pick pans out as you might expect. Just thing about the number of busts atop the draft, and then factor in how many college players really have as great of careers and you thought when they were crushing it at Kentucky or Syracuse.
Rooting for the team to lose is fine. You’re rooting that somebody in the front office wakes up one morning and says it’s not OK that a team in New York is this terrible; change is needed! The organization has been marred by poor decision-making for way too long now and this offseason is too important for that trend to continue. Root for them to lose, then do some right things to fix it.