Things are bad in New York. The Knicks are 6-10, 10th-best in the Eastern Conference, despite playing the third easiest schedule in the NBA. They’re defense hasn’t been as bad as you might guess (10th in terms of points per 100 possessions) but their offense has been atrocious, scoring just 98.6 points per 100 possessions. That’s worse than the Milwaukee Bucks, bad enough for seventh-worst in the league.
But the worst part is that the team has apparently turned in to sophomore year of high school. From the New York Post:
According to a source familiar with the situation, Anthony has been too obsessed with his points and Stoudemire is too concerned with Anthony taking over the team. There’s also too much finger-pointing, according to the source.
Oh man. This is bad. Just imagine the consequences.
Carmelo is obsessed with points, so Amar’e is obsessed with Carmelo. But then, Iman Shumpert is mad that Amar’e doesn’t think Iman is shooting too much, so he’ll shoot more to get Stoudemire’s attention. This, as you can imagine, makes Tyson Chandler mad because he needs someone to throw him alley-oops if he ever wants to score, but they’re not because they all want Amar’e to be mad at them for shooting too much.
Meanwhile, Toney Douglas is like, “Iman’s shooting this much and still playing over me? Not cool.” That, in turn, makes Mike Bibby think that he should be playing if Iman Shumpert is shooting so much and Toney Douglas is pouting. While that’s happening, Landry Fields doesn’t get why no one mentions that he’s doing a good job of playing with in himself and not making waves.
These guys are mad that Amar’e doesn’t care that they’re there too, which means no one even notices that Josh Harrellson broke his wrist or Bill Walker got 1990s rap hair, so they’re like, “Whatevs.” Not to mention, Jared Jeffries is peeved that no one considers him the reason the Knicks keep losing games, when that’s been his thing for years. No one will sit next to Steve Novak at lunch and Baron Davis is having panic attacks because everyone thinks he’s the savior when he can barely breathe. Any more pressure and he’s going to start wearing eyeliner to
All this because Carmelo Anthony has taken 105 shots in the past four games. These guys need peer mediation.