NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — When Phil Jackson took over as team president in March, he wasn’t just expected to turn the Knicks around on the floor.
He was also supposed to transform the organizational culture.
He’s still got plenty of time to turn this disaster around, but the ‘Bockers look to be in worse shape than ever — both on the court and off.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, during the Knicks’ loss to the Nets on December 2, Tim Hardaway Jr. screamed at Carmelo Anthony to get a rebound. The team’s superstar then called out the second-year player using an expletive and threatened to beat him up.
The Knicks, off to their worst start in franchise history at 4-19, are not getting along in the locker room, Broussard reports.
And that’s putting it kindly.
“Nobody’s taken a swing at anybody, but there’s a lot of arguing and cursing each other out after games,” one source told Broussard.
So much for team chemistry, huh?
ESPN also reports that some players are down on first-year head coach Derek Fisher and his insistence on running Jackson’s triangle offense. New York currently ranks 26th in points per game.
Many Knicks, in addition to Hardaway Jr., are frustrated with Anthony, Broussard reports. They don’t believe that the seven-time All-Star is playing team basketball and exhibiting the qualities of a leader. That could be a major problem, as Melo signed a five-year, $124 million deal with the Knicks this summer. He’s in for the long haul.
Of all the players, the most tension exists between Hardaway Jr. and Anthony, according to Broussard, though all the players are frustrated with the triangle offense.
“Guys are definitely frustrated,” one source told Broussard. “But some of it’s just basketball stuff that the players don’t like doing. When somebody’s demanding that you make a hard cut, you don’t like it because you have to work harder. When someone says it’s not OK to throw a bulls— pass, guys don’t like it.”
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