At the start of the season, Derrick Rose declared that the Knicks, like the Warriors, were a “super team,” which was quite foolish to say at the time and has since proved to be. The Knicks though, did show signs of life early in the season and were at one point a solid 14-10. Yet with the season soon coming to an end, the Knicks don’t resemble a “super team” much at all. In fact, they are the complete opposite of a “super team,” as for the fourth straight year, the Knicks will have yet another losing season.
Although he doesn’t want to use the word, all of this losing is getting frustrating for Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony. He does acknowledge however, that this season has been disappointing for him — especially since the Knicks actually have talent compared to in year’s past.
From the New York Post‘s Marc Berman:
“This year is disappointing due to the talent we have in this locker room and team,” Anthony said. “For some reason, we couldn’t get it together and get it going. It’s more difficult this season than in the past.”
Of a fourth straight losing season, Anthony said, “It’s tough. I don’t want to use the word frustrating but it’s tough to be in this situation. … Inconsistencies — that’s part of who we are as a team this year.”
Injuries have hurt the Knicks this season as Kristaps Porzingis has missed some time and Joakim Noah had knee surgery. But front office mismanagement and team drama like Phil Jackson working behind the scenes to try and get Anthony to waive his no-trade clause have also affected the Knicks. Also, Jackson’s meddling and insistence that the Knicks run the triangle offense has undermined Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek‘s system. Not to mention that New York’s defense is atrocious, fifth worst in the league and giving up 108.6 points per 100 possessions.
Anthony signed up for all of this though. He could’ve waived his no-trade clause and allowed the Knicks to trade him so he could have a fresh start elsewhere but decided against it. He enjoys living in New York and playing for the Knicks, so waiving his no-trade clause was not really on the table.
But if Jackson had told Anthony that the team was going to start a rebuild, the Knicks All-Star has said that he would’ve waived his no-trade clause because he doesn’t want to be part of a rebuilding situation. Yet Jackson refuses to acknowledge that the moves he made (like trading for Derrick Rose and signing Noah a long-term deal) haven’t worked out, so he hasn’t committed to a “rebuild.” All of this is holding the Knicks back from blowing it all up and focusing on building the team around Porzinigs, which is why for the fourth straight year, New York is one of the worst teams in the league.