Melo will miss the final two games with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, ending his first playoff-less season and potentially his Knicks career.
We are sure of one thing: The Knicks are eulogized every April, a yearly ritual as natural as the Asters popping pink in Central Park.
We have seen Carmelo Anthony break down physically in the fourth quarter before, and now it is fair to wonder if he will be himself for what remains of this regular season.
“I think it’s just troublesome to me to bring in Phil Jackson,” Brown said. “Not that he won’t be great, but let him coach … If that’s the way they want to do it, let him coach and give Woody a way to leave graciously.”
If Metta World Peace knew then what he knows now there’s probably little chance he would have forced a divorce from the Knicks.
WFAN’s Mike Francesa lit into the Knicks something fierce on Wednesday, following their historic meltdown against the woeful Lakers in Los Angeles the night before.
The Knicks gave up on themselves, their coach, their fans and their season. They laid down and gave up.
Magic says he’ll probably have a chat with Melo on Tuesday. But don’t worry. They won’t be speaking about the benefits of joining the Lakers.
Now we’ll see if the Knicks can bounce back to defy that identity, or if they will react poorly to a bad loss and watch their season slide into oblivion.
The new team president seemingly doesn’t want to sit on the bench any longer, but he’s not going to find anybody that is going to do the job as well as he could.
As bad as this season has been, and as good as another 50-win season would have been to experience, there is no contest as to which would have benefited the Knicks franchise more in the long run.
For now, Woodson said his only concern is trying to get the Knicks into the playoffs. Jackson was supportive of Woodson and said Tuesday they would have a discussion after the season, so for now Woodson has hopes of returning.
Jackson is off to quite a start in New York — and the fans are already responding. They stood for him in the first quarter and were on their feet again in the final minute to watch the Knicks beat the Pacers.
Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and the New York Knicks opened the Phil Jackson era by beating the Indiana Pacers 92-86 Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight victory.
Was he perfect? Of course not. He is not a great public speaker, so there was plenty of hesitation and “uhhs” between his words, but none of that matters when compared to the words that came out of his mouth.