At one point during the 2018-2019 season, the New York Knicks lost 17-straight games. As a professional basketball team, that is really hard to do. Granted, Kristaps Porzingis had been out all year, but it doesn’t matter know since the team traded him to the Dallas Mavericks.
This team is beyond putrid, but there seems to be a reason for some of their terrible play. it’s because of their play on a very popular video game, according to head coach David Fizdale.
Via Extra Mustard.
“Fortnite, that’s my competitor right now,” Fizdale told The Athletic’s Mike Vorkunov in December. “Fortnite is undefeated.”
New York’s young players did little do dissuade Fizdale of his theory on Wednesday.
“We saw what he said about it. And I kind of figured he was talking about us a little bit. But it kind of is a distraction for us,” rookie center Mitchell Robinson told Vorkunov. “We’d be up all night to like 3 in the morning playing that game. We need our sleep, for our energy to get us up higher, and stuff like that. I see where he was coming from.”
Fizdale reiterated his concern regarding the popular video game on Wednesday.
“You don’t know who it is at home doing it, but I think this generation, they are an online generation,” Fizdale said. “It’s still a bunch of blue light in their eyes keeping them up all night. I do get concerned with how much rest they get. How it affects reaction time and irritability, things like that. So, yeah. Guys are different. Some guys aren’t really into it like that. Then there’s other guys.”
The team is currently a putrid 11-48 on the year and look to be in prime position to get the #1 overall draft pick as the franchise desperately needs Zion Williamson on this squad.
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