“Build it, and he will come.” The famous quote from the movie “Field of Dreams” is often misquoted to read, “Build it, and they will come.”

This was the exceedingly optimistic hope of Knicks fans when franchise owner James Dolan hired Phil Jackson in March 2014 to a five-year, $60-million contract to restore glory back to the organization.

The rest is another disturbing chapter in the Knicks’ history. Jackson, for reasons only he can explain, and the Knicks’ president haven’t spoken directly to the press in months, and Jackson has undermined any chance the team had of being a playoff contender—forget competing for a championship.

The thinking when Jackson joined the Knicks was his past success as a Hall of Fame coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers would draw the game’s top free agents to the Knicks to unite with the team’s star, Carmelo Anthony, and replicate what Pat Riley did with the Miami Heat, when LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade made it to the NBA Finals three consecutive years from 2012-14.

That paradigm clearly hasn’t worked for Jackson and the Knicks. Instead he has channeled his Inner-Donald Trump, growing increasingly embarrassing with his cryptic tweets and obvious disenchantment with Anthony as the season has devolved.

The Knicks were 22-31 before hosting the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Garden last night (Wednesday). They were coming off arguably their most uninspired and revealing loss of the season Monday night, losing to the dismal Lakers, who were 17-36 when they entered the Garden, by 121-107.

“You’ve got to play for some pride,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. “You’ve got to come out there and play. These teams come in, it’s New York, so they’re going to be ready to play. If you don’t match their effort and energy, you’re not going to win. Right from the start they outhustled us.”

The Knicks looked like a collective who had resigned itself to the reality that Jackson had little faith or belief in them. Jackson had given up on this season with his obsessive goal of ridding the team of Anthony, who has been unfairly criticized and blamed by a plurality of fans of media over the course of the past three seasons for the Knicks’ failures. Ironically Anthony has been one of the few reasons for fans to watch the team and a flicker of light in the darkness of dysfunction. An admirable example for young players such as Kristaps Porzingis.

After hosting the Denver Nuggets tomorrow at MSG, the San Antonio Spurs will be in town Sunday afternoon (3:30 p.m.). The Spurs, under the direction of Gregg Popovich, the franchise’s head coach and president of basketball operations, have been a model of stability, class and success for the past 20 years. Once again, they are championship contenders, holding the second-best record in the league (39-12) behind the Golden State Warriors when they met up with the 76ers last night in Philadelphia.

Unlike Jackson, Popovich refrains from insulting and antagonizing his players via social media and has embodied the “Field of Dreams” quote, building a dynasty in small market San Antonio. Instead of Jackson emulating Popovich, he has taken on qualities of another highly unpopular president.