The New York Knicks were expected to do better even if they did not land Kevin Durant and/or Kyrie Irving. They did get some young promising players like Julius Randle and rookie RJ Barrett.

With David Fizdale guiding the team, most felt that they could erase that forgettable 2018-19 NBA season. But at the rate things are going, it appears the Gotham-based squad could be headed in the same direction - if not worse.

At the time of this writing, the Knicks are 1-7. They are dead last in the Eastern Conference and many are getting impatient. With a retooled lineup, most were expecting the Knicks to be at least in the middle of the pack. Now, there are chants of "Fire Fizdale" being heard, particularly in their last game against the Sacramento Kings, Yahoo Sports reported.

Although hopes were high that he could lead the Knicks to a proper direction, Fizdale has yet to prove such. It is still too early in the season but racking up seven losses, three at home, is not going to sit well with Knicks fans. Also, it does justify Durant's rant on Hot 97 that the cool thing right now is not the Knicks.

In a nutshell, the Knicks are in total disarray. It is not limited to Fizdale but to upper management as well. The decisions they have made the past seasons somehow indicates that there is no definite direction for the franchise. And if they stay the course, heads may roll next summer.

Speaking of game plans, Fizdale mentioned in a previous post that he is not a fan of load management on players. He plans to fully utilize his players, likely a ploy to bring out the best of from them. In a way, there is a risk involved considering this is an 82-game regular season grind.  And if New York fails to show any improvement, Fizdale may want to reconsider that statement.

If the Knicks see low chances of making the playoffs, it may be best not to overwork them to prevent unwanted injuries. But then again and if New York fails to show any improvement, Fizdale could get the boot anyway.

The Knicks will visit the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 8 at the American Airlines Center. Tip-off starts at 8:30 p.m. EST.

David Fizdale David Fizdale was assistant coach of the Miami Heat in 2008. Photo: Getty Images