I hate to say it, but the Knicks are a laughingstock to fans, media and other NBA executives. And it starts at the top with owner James Dolan and trickles down to the players.
Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points, Andrea Bargnani added 23 and the New York Knicks pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-106 on Saturday night.
Avery Bradley scored seven of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, hitting a 3-pointer with 2:38 to play to give the Celtics the lead for good, and Boston beat the New York Knicks 90-86 on Friday night.
Here’s the issue: Lowry is a free agent after this season. If the Knicks want to re-sign him long-term it will probably cost them around eight million dollars a season, give or take. That type of contract will make it nearly impossible for the Knicks to bring in another max player in the 2015 offseason if Carmelo Anthony signs a max extension this summer.
I actually walked out of MSG on Wednesday night annoyed that New York beat Chicago. Please don’t dismiss this. There’s logic behind it. I swear. Read on!
I want to introduce Mike Woodson to someone. His name is George Costanza. He once devised a theory that would do Mike Woodson a lot of good today: do the opposite.
Carmelo Anthony missed a contested, 14-foot jumper at the buzzer, and the Denver Nuggets hung on for a 97-95 victory over the New York Knicks and their former star player on Friday night.
Kenyon Martin hit a jumper with 4:30 to play, the Knicks were still in it. The Knicks missed their next six shots and scored only two points the rest of the night.
Change is coming. A move is on the horizon. Odds are, Mike Woodson is going to find himself on the wrong side of it. And right now that would be completely understandable.
The ball movement has either been nonexistent or turnover prone. Until that changes, and the Knicks’ best players start to shoot better, there’s going to continue to be rough basketball at MSG.
J.R. Smith’s return from suspension couldn’t prevent the Knicks getting thumped by the Spurs 120-89.
The Knicks shot 75 percent from the field in the third quarter, including making six of seven 3-point attempts, to blow open a tight game and snap a three-game losing skid.
Not even the most stubborn person could come to any other conclusion: the Knicks are a bad team when Andrea Bargnani is on the court.
Last week I wrote about how Chandler might be the Knicks’ most irreplaceable player, so naturally less than a week later he fractures his leg and will miss anywhere from a month to a month and a half.
There is something different about the Knicks this year compared to how their year ended in the playoffs last season: Tyson Chandler looks like himself.