CHARLOTTE, N.C. - At 4-16 going into Friday night, the Knicks were off to their worst 20-game start in their 69-year franchise history.
Rookie coach Derek Fisher was not aware of that until he got into his hotel room after a late-night flight following Thursday night's 90-87 loss to the Cavaliers. He regrets having been made aware of his team's unfortunate place in Knicks history.
"I think once we got here last night about 3 a.m., unfortunately the television was already on," Fisher said before the Knicks faced the Hornets. "Not supposed to watch TV that late. And it ran across the bottom [of the screen].
"It is what it is. It's on our record. It's on my record. But I'm still optimistic about there being much better days ahead. And that's what has to drive us right now: not to accept where we are but just to continue to work through it. We know we can get better if we keep working at it."
On Tuesday night, Fisher wasn't seen by referee Mark Lindsay when he tried to call a late timeout. On Thursday night, Fisher ran onto the court to make sure his late timeout request was seen, heard and granted. It was.
"Over the summer, it was a big thing," Fisher said of meetings with NBA coaches and the league. "They prefer that the coaches not walk on the court the way that I had to [Thursday] night. The previous game, I didn't walk on the court and the timeout wasn't recognized.
"Coaches would like to get timeouts down the stretch to get a good shot up or a good play drawn up. It's a tough spot. The referees are trying to watch the action. They're not looking backward at the coaches."
Carmelo Anthony was named one of the guest coaches for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Feb. 13 at the Garden during All-Star Weekend.