So why did he stay with the Knicks?
Because there are perks to playing in the NBA’s largest market.
But he’s missing out on one this year.
For the first time since Melo arrived in New York, the Knicks aren’t playing on Christmas.
“I ain’t watching nothing,’’ Anthony said at Quicken Loans Arena at the Wednesday morning shootaround in advance of Knicks-Cavaliers. “We should’ve been on Christmas. Christmas in New York. That’s what it should’ve been.’’
“I don’t know what they were looking at. The past is the past. But New York is one of those teams that should always be on Christmas.’’
The Knicks have played a record 50 Christmas games, including every year from the first season of Christmas games in 1947 to 1987.
The NBA wants New York playing on its premier regular-season date. The Knicks get every benefit of the doubt. That’s why they played on the previous six Christmases despite missing the playoffs half the time and winning only one series in that span.
But a 2-4 record, including three straight losses and a fight, was finally too much.
Once the NBA broke New York’s first Christmas streak, there could be nothing sacred about another. The league needs at least minimal competency from the Knicks to schedule them on Christmas.
With a 14-16 record and Kristaps Porzingis turning heads, I bet they’ll be back next year.