The New York Knicks are facing another season where they will miss the playoffs, but Turkish star Enes Kanter doesn’t want them tanking in order to get better players for next season.
The Knicks are bound for another losing season, currently at 24-45 with their last game being a 118-110 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
But Kanter insists that the fans deserve better and that they should be playing to win.
“Let me tell you something, man: They can develop guys in the G League. This is not the time to develop young guys, or whatever because we’re trying to win games here,” the Knicks’ starting center said on Friday.
“This team is paying us a lot of money, everybody, and all the fans are paying a lot money to watch the games and they’re paying a lot of money for tickets, so they’re not just coming here watching, ‘Oh, this guy’s getting better. This guy’s developing.’ No, we’re trying to win games here, man.
“I think that’s how our mindset should be,” he added. “And if they want to develop somebody, they can send him to the G League and we can see some development. But I think right now, we’re trying to win games. We’re not trying to develop nobody.”