Most people would say that the New York Knicks are playing bad. I would say that they’re really struggling. Knicks beat writers would probably say that this is just early season struggles. However, Carmelo Anthony would not characterize the Knicks 3-6 start to the young season in any of those ways.
After the Knicks 110-90 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night, he was straight-forward and uncensored with his postgame remarks.
Carmelo Anthony on the #Knicks' struggles: "We ain’t playing worth a sh*t right now…. I don’t even know how to explain it."
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 17, 2013
The Knicks are 19th in the league in offensive rating, something that last season was one of their strong points, and are even worse on defense (27th in the league). If their offense is supposed to be their strength, this is not a good sign.
It’s obvious that Anthony is frustrated with this start and there’s really not much more he can do. I mean, on Thursday, he scored 40 points and his team still lost. Not sure where he goes from here.
New York is on a five-game home losing streak and has a minus-10 plus/minus at home this year. In their losses, the Knicks are minus-11.5 in that same category. It’s not like the Knicks are losing close games, they’re getting “blown out”.
I’m not sure if what happens next for New York. The next 10 games could go one of two ways, obviously. They could either pull it together or continue to struggle until the return of Tyson Chandler.
The only thing that could make this worse is a panic trade…