By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: December 25th, 2013 at 7:28 pm EST
New York is supposed to have the best basketball players in the world.
This may be the case at the high school level, or at legendary Rucker Park. And the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets are loaded with talent.
But these two teams have struggled with chemistry, and their head coaches are on the hot seat. The Nets took a huge gamble with former player Jason Kidd, who had no coaching experience before being hired.
That gamble hasn’t worked out, and one could consider the move a bust. And veteran coach Mike Woodson is being rumored to be replaced by former Knicks player Allan Houston.
To both fan bases, one can say that their teams are the grinch that stole Christmas. The NBA had showcased these teams at home in the first two games of the five NBA games on Christmas Day.
Both New York teams have lost on Christmas Day. And both teams lost big on Christmas Day, as the Knicks suffered the worst loss ever on Christmas.
The Knicks loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder without superstar Carmelo Anthony, who did not even suit up. The Knicks loss to the Thunder by 29 points.
The Nets gave put good cheer to young children before the game, then it was down hill from there. They lost to the Chicago Bulls by 17 points.
The Knicks and the Nets both have less than 10 wins on the season. In fact, both teams stand at 9-19 on the season.
This is the first time that both teams are below .500 on Christmas Day since 1986. Both teams would finish the 1986 season with identical 24-58 records.
Even though they were tied with the same record, the Knicks finished in 5th place in the Atlantic Division, while the Nets finished in 4th place. Both teams finished 35 games behind the Atlantic-leading Boston Celtics, who had a 59-23 record in the 1986-87 season.