The New York Knicks were once again embarrassed on their home court last night, losing to the Dallas Mavericks 99-89, after trailing by more than 20 points for most of the game. Following the loss, which included a significant amount of booing from fans and a number of “Fire Isiah” chants, the lowly Knicks coach demanded more from those in attendance, as opposed to those who play on the court.
According to fans sitting behind the Knicks’ bench, Isiah chided those who paid hundreds of dollars for their seats for not being supportive enough to the team that is tied for the fewest wins in the Eastern Conference. Following up on comments regarding the Garden’s inability to act as a “sixth man” for the club, Isiah had stronger words about his own position with the club.
“I fight till I die. It’s not about giving up or quitting. To me, it’s win or die. I literally mean death, I don’t mean ‘walk away.’ I mean death. That’s how I have coached. We’ve got a job to do here and we’re going to get it done. I’m confident we have the right players and confident we have the right people, and we’ll dig our way out of this.”
Isiah was previously accused of trying to get fired, by practically tanking games in which the Knicks should at least have been competitive. Now he has become so desperate, that he is asking someone to kill him.
In addition to leading the Knicks to a 6-14 record, Isiah also cost the team $11.5 million yesterday, as Madison Square Garden decided to settle with Anucha Brown Sanders, who had won a civil lawsuit against the team for $11.6 million. Though Isiah still claims his own innocence, he is clearly guilty of destroying the team in America’s most populous city.