by Marcel Mutoni

It’s one thing for your coach to kick you out of practice, for your fans to boo you as if you were their most hated rivals, and for your newest acquisition to already be depressed by the team’s state of affairs; it’s an entirely different thing, however, for your opponents – judging from your body language and other visual cues – to sense that you lack the proper motivation, focus, and pride to compete at the highest level.

Ladies and gentlemen, your New York Knicks:

“They looked like they didn’t want to compete,” Detroit guard Flip Murray said. “They were just out there. All you had to do was look at their body language. I don’t know what’s going on over there, but they’ve got a lot of issues.”

If David Stern woke up tomorrow morning, and on a whim, decided to demote the Knicks to the D-League (where they would at least have a shot at being competitive), would anyone really mind? Methinks not.