This season hasn’t been ideal for the New York Knicks, and it definitely hasn’t for Carmelo Anthony.
One could argue that Anthony’s entire stint with the Knicks has been just one big mistake. Sad, but true. Anthony said he wanted to bring an NBA title to New York. He hasn’t yet, and there’s no sense of light leading to a road that is heading to that destination.
This road that the Knicks are headed down leads to a dead end, that might just end in the next couple of months.
We’ve seen some lifeless play by the Knicks during this season, and perhaps their latest six-game losing streak is the final straw. Techincally, the Knicks are still only six games out of the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, but at 24-37 there’s really no hope in sight.
And it appears that their players are slowly beginning to realize that. Specifically, Carmelo Anthony.
Carmelo Anthony, in devastated locker room, said #Knicks not showing 'sense of pride.''
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) March 2, 2014
Melo, on the Knicks continuing to lose the way that they are: "It's embarrassing."
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) March 2, 2014
The Knicks are 1-7 since the All-Star Break and have shown no signs of turning things around. They’ve lost their last three games by an average of 22 points. Yes. 22.
The sky isn’t falling in New York. It’s fallen, like 10 times this season. Things are bad, and could be getting a whole lot worse come July — when Carmelo Anthony has the opportunity to sign with a different ball club. Which at this point, looks a helluva lot better than watching the playoffs from home, holding on to false hope of “but we’re really going to get them next year”.
Melo knows that.
Knicks fans know that.
So does management.
For all the rumors that are flying around of possible stars that may leave their incumbent teams this summer (or next summer for that matter), it really feels like Carmelo may be the one “for sure” move this summer.
But even then, it’s not for sure. I’d probably put it at 70-30 that he’ll leave.
Enjoy him now, Knicks fans. The way things are headed, it looks like this is the last of Melo that you’ll be seeing.