Were you expecting this to go any differently?
The Knicks beat the Sixers in game number 82, which gave them and the Minnesota Timberwolves identical 31-51 records. By virtue of that tie, a “coin flip” was needed to decide who would pick a spot higher in the likely event that neither team would get a top 3 pick in next month’s NBA Draft Lottery.
Let me paint a picture here. What we just witnessed was a painfully awkward lagtastic periscope stream of four individuals blankly staring at ping pong balls with NBA team logos painted on them. The Knicks-Timberwolves tie was to be broken last, so both fanbases were made to sit through this awful and hilarious spectacle in its entirety. And folks, the tweets were good:
Disgruntled future of the franchise✅— Rook Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) April 18, 2017
Lose something important✅
Carmelo recklessly shooting at a basket ✅
Just another day for the NY Knicks
Rooting harder for these stupid fucking ping pong balls than I did for the Knicks at any point after like January— Seth Rosenthal (@seth_rosenthal) April 18, 2017
FUCK YOU, PHIL JACKSON— The Frozen Envelope (@frozen_envelope) April 18, 2017
Breaking: Knicks always lose— Daniel (@benchwarmerdan) April 18, 2017
There has been nothing more certain than Knicks losing the coin toss vs. Minnesota for 6th, the tanking gods will show these idiots no mercy— Rook Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) April 13, 2017
Something something Melo is to blame. https://t.co/oJ5VoHwxZ7— Julian McKenzie (@JulianTheIntern) April 18, 2017
Amidst more Phil nonsense, Kristaps’ growing impatience with the franchise, Instagram likes and what appears to be an ugly La La/Melo breakup, the Knicks probably had no more public L’s to spare this week.
The Knicks lost the coin toss.
I’ll ask again: were you expecting this to go any differently?