J.R. Smith feels that Carmelo Anthony is unfairly treated by the Knicks
The New York Knicks have been one of the most dysfunctional franchises in the last couple of years. Not only under Phil Jackson as team president, but also in the past couple of years before that. That dysfunction can best be seen by the numerous incidents, a lot of players complaining about the lack of team spirit, coaches whose players haven’t bought into the system, and the treatment of their best player, Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony was traded to the Big Apple from the Denver Nuggets back in 2011, and actually started out well, going to the playoffs in his first two and a half seasons. In the last four season, Anthony has played about as well as could be expected considering his injuries and the turmoil within the organization. Some consider Anthony as the main reason the Knicks are in the poor position they’re currently in, and Jackson basically said he should waive his no-trade clause so he can be traded.
Many around the league have viewed this as disrespectful, including his former Knicks’ teammate and NBA Champion J.R. Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Smith and Anthony are very close, and during Saturday afternoon’s media availability before Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Smith discussed his former teammate.
“I haven’t spoken to him along that topic,” Smith responded when asked will Anthony demand a trade from the Knicks. “but I’m sure he does feel some type of way about how he’s being treated, really unfair and unjust. Unfortunately, I’m not on that team and not in that situation, so I really don’t want to speak too much on it. And obviously we have bigger things going on with the NBA Finals going on. So I hope the best for him. Melo’s a very tough guy and he’ll figure it out.”
It’s unrealistic to try and predict when all of this will come to an end because no one really knows with the way things are run in New York. However, if Smith’s comments are any indication, Anthony will figure it out and do what’s best for himself.