All is not well in the New York Knicks' world.
I probably didn't blow your mind with that statement, did I? Sort of goes without saying, doesn't it?
Apparently not. At least, not as far as Knicks reserve point guard Beno Udrih is concerned.
"There’s panic going on because no one expected the season to start the way it has started,” Udrih said, via Lang Greene of Hoopsworld.com.
If that's not the understatement of the year, it's certainly a finalist. Between the team's sluggish 3-5 start, Tyson Chandler's fractured fibula, the fire burning under Mike Woodson's seat and owner James Dolan's meddling with the dance team, the Knicks are redefining NBA dysfunction.
When ESPN's NBA Countdown crew went searching for an answer to the Knicks problem on Twitter, the full depth of these problems became widely apparent:
Perhaps Udrih has some unique insight into the issue, though. He's only played a total of 38 minutes this season, but at least he has two feet inside the locker-room door.
So, Mr. Udrih, what exactly is the source of this panic?
"The way we’re playing defense is not acceptable," he told Greene. "We’re giving up way too many easy baskets and layups and then our offense is not there either."
Not exactly earth-shattering stuff here. If nothing else, Udrih is just reinforcing what the stat sheet already says.
The Knicks are tied for 18th in offensive efficiency (99.9 points per 100 possessions) and 21st at the opposite end of the floor (103.8 points allowed per 100 possessions). With no help for the league's reigning scoring champ Carmelo Anthony—former draft bust Andrea Bargnani (15.0) is the only other player averaging more than 12 points—and no Chandler in the middle, this team is losing games with both its offense and defense.
Udrih might only be saying what the rest of us already know, but why even bother to put a voice to those thoughts? After all, following New York's 120-89 blowout loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 10, Knicks forward Metta World Peace said these types of quotes would not be heard.
"It’s things that even if anybody wanted to say something, we’d never say to you guys,” World Peace said, via Scott Cacciola of The New York Times. “We would never tell the public.”
I guess Udrih never got the memo. Something tells me this isn't the first message missed inside the locker room.