Isiah Thomas is the New Bob Whitsitt

That would be the executive who assembles the super-talented roster that won't play hard or together.

Here are some depressing Knick quotes from Howard Beck's article in today's New York Times:

Larry Brown: "I never in my life thought I'd have to be in a position where you're begging guys to play... Somehow, you've got to find five guys that care enough to compete."

Quentin Richardson: "I played for the Clippers when we were bad. I ain't never been around nothing like this. I never lost games like this. And it just seems like we don't care."

Malik Rose: "We miss a shot and we're not helping one another. Guys are getting layup after layup after layup, no one's helping anybody out there, and then we don't come down and share the ball. I don't understand that. It's not what I'm used to... Will [talking] make a difference? I don't know. I doubt it, to be honest. But at this point, it's to a point where I had to say something. And if it falls on deaf ears, so be it. I'm going to just keep doing what I'm doing...I can't control people's attitudes at this point in the year. We're so set in what we've been doing, it's like if you want to do it that way, fine, do it. But I'm not doing it that way."

Steve Francis: "Besides my mom passing away when I was 18, this is top three — just because this is my livelihood. I think a lot of the players don't realize that you really have only one basketball career, and it doesn't last as long as you think. The money might be there, but actually being out on the court, that doesn't last. Until people realize that, until people realize that you have to help each other and not be so selfish and worry about how many points you score, we're going to be stuck in the same position, same place."

Quentin Richardson: "I take my hat off to Coach, the whole coaching staff\. I don't know how they made it this far."