Knicks Look Within as the Trade Deadline Comes and Goes

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The Knicks during a loss to Washington this month. The appointment of Kurt Rambis, center, to interim head coach has been the team’s only major move recently.

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. — As other teams made modest upgrades ahead of Thursday afternoon’s N.B.A. trade deadline, the Knicks gathered for practice with the same roster that had lost 10 of 11 games entering the All-Star break. The growing sense among the players was that improvement would need to come from within.

“We’ve got to ramp it up,” said Kurt Rambis, the Knicks’ interim coach.

Sure enough, the 3 p.m. deadline came and went without his team’s participation. If the Knicks had been hoping to upgrade their backcourt for what Rambis has described as a playoff push — their top priority, he said — they were unable to find traction in talks with potential trade partners. Rambis spoke with reporters about two hours before the deadline.

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