Herb hopes Knicks' efforts don't undermine his
Until Tuesday night in Los Angeles, that is. Williams, who is fighting to keep the Knicks in playoff contention and keep his job, did not try to sugarcoat his team's performance during a 117-107 loss to the Lakers. Williams was upset with the Knicks' lack of focus and intensity on the defensive end, and afterward he delivered his most stinging criticism of the team since replacing Lenny Wilkens two months ago.
HERB'S NOT HAPPY WITH KNICK EFFORTWith 12 games left and the Knicks all but eliminated from playoff contention, Williams picked the right time to raise a red flag. The Knicks (29-41) would have to win 10 games to match last season's win total, which is highly unlikely. But Williams needs a strong finish to bolster his chances to remain Knicks coach. He has the support of his locker room, but if the players want to help Williams, they can't afford to give up on the season with a dozen games to play.
In a trip that could cost Herb Williams his chance of returning as coach, the Knicks gave up offensive rebounds galore, and in the capper Tuesday in Los Angeles, they didn't hustle back on defense in the 117-107 defeat.
"The season is not over," Williams said. "We all get paid to do a job. You can't make excuses. The one thing I hate is making excuses. Sometimes it doesn't work. But come to work and do what you're supposed to do. If it doesn't work that night at least come out and give an effort. We can't continue to give up 43 points in transition."