Knicks Finish 32-50: ‘Little Bit Better’

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The Knicks’ Robin Lopez shooting over the Pacers’ Myles Turner. The Knicks improved upon their 17-win season in 2014-15.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The 2015-16 regular season — or Year One, as the Knicks have been calling it of late — came to a subdued end Tuesday.

The peculiar nomenclature is a reference to the club’s rebuilding project under Phil Jackson, who took over as the team’s president in 2014, bringing with him a new system of basketball and a directive to reshape the organization almost from scratch.

Technically, the Knicks have finished two seasons under Jackson, but they have taken to referring to the 2014-15 season, that 17-win debacle, as Year Zero — a season so grim that it apparently does not deserve proper numerical classification.

It took a full year just to disassemble the mess that the Knicks embodied, Coach Kurt Rambis explained recently. The 2015-16 season, he said, was the first opportunity to engage in the real work of erecting a quality basketball team.

Semantics will not mask certain plain truths. After…

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