All the New York Knicks had to do is lose -- and they've been losing all season.
New York was in the driver's seat for the worst record in the NBA, an dubious accomplishment that would have brought them the best odds at the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft lottery. Instead, the Knicks beat the Orlando Magic by one point on Saturday and followed it up Monday night with a 112-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Our Knicks community Posting and Toasting said it well:
This was a very bad team beating a very good team. Good for them for doing that. It's stupid and it sucks, but the odds are still close to the best, and life will go on. Maybe there are basketball gods and maybe they smile upon games like this one. These are the things I depend on when the math slips away.
As you might imagine, their fans weren't super happy about it:
Hey #Knicks, WTF are you doing?! An entire season of failure is being blown because they want to start winning games for no reason.— Kyle (@K_Spee) April 14, 2015
The Knicks are a pathetic franchise.— Joseph Flynn (@ChinaJoeFlynn) April 14, 2015
Literally the only good thing about this season was a guaranteed top-4 pick and the best chance at No. 1. And they go and blow it. This team— Jared Dubin (@JADubin5) April 14, 2015
Again, the Knicks just dropped fro 25% chance at No. 1 to 19.9% and went from 0% chance at No. 5 pick to 12.3% with that win.— Jared Dubin (@JADubin5) April 14, 2015
Also worth noting:
Running the Knicks' social media account is the most thankless task in the world. Yikes. pic.twitter.com/MV3hItZGoD— Robert H (@bandwagonknick) April 14, 2015
The Knicks: even when they win, they still lose.