New York Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson tried to explain the team's historically bad year to season-ticket holders on Thursday night.
The Knicks are currently 14–61 on the year and recently lost their 60th game, marking a franchise record for losses in one season. The team is in its first year under head coach Derek Fisher.
"I can make the argument we had to go through it," Jackson said, according to the New York Post. "S--- happens and this season it did happen to us."
New York currently holds the worst record in the NBA, with two fewer wins than the Timberwolves (16–59) and four fewer wins than the 76ers (18–58). If that holds, the Knicks will be guaranteed to select no lower than fourth in the draft this summer.
Earlier this week, Jackson sent out a letter and video asking fans and season-ticket holders to "remain optimistic," adding that everyone in the organization is "working tirelessly" to get the Knicks back to competing at a high-level. Jackson previously described the team's shortcomings this season by saying that his experiment "has fallen flat on its face."
Jackson took over the Knicks in March 2014, signing a five-year deal with worth a reported $12 million per year.
New York plays the Washington Wizards on Friday.
- Erick Fernandez