Several Knicks players and head coach Jeff Hornacek questioned the team's pride after their 121-107 loss to the Lakers on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
"You've got to play for some pride," Hornacek said after the game, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. "If you're just going to come out and just play basketball, then you're in the wrong level."
Brandon Jennings, who had 16 points, five assists and three rebounds in 28 minutes against the Lakers, said it was the worst the Knicks had looked this season.
"You can't coach effort and energy," Jennings said. "That's something we should all have. We all make millions of dollars playing this game, so the least we can do is go out there and play hard every night. Regardless of who's making shots or anything like that, just effort and energy, just leave it all out there on the court."
Kristaps Porzingis, who had 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, said teammates don't trust each other as often as they should.
"We don't have that trust," he said. "Some games we do, some games we don't. Some games we have that second effort, some games we don't, like today. ..."If we had the answer, I would tell you something. But it's just not there," he said. "It's kind of everybody for [themselves] a lot of times -- both ends of the floor. So I wish I had the answer."
Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony -- who scored 26 points but whose leadership was absent throughout the loss -- also questioned the team's pride.
"Pride, effort, however you want to put it, it just wasn't there," Anthony said. "My word is effort. Coach's word is pride. It just wasn't there tonight."
After Tuesday's practice, Courtney Lee apologized "to the fans who spent their hard-earned money' to watch Tuesday night's game, according to Begley.
The 22-31 Knicks have lost seven of their last 10 games and are 2.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.