The Knicks have lost four in a row, all at Madison Square Garden, including to the lowly Lakers, the short-handed Clippers, and Friday night Denver owned them thanks to the play of Nikola Jokic.
And that wasn’t even the worst part of their week. Phil Jackson’s efforts to frustrate Carmelo Anthony via Twitter backfired and made the president of the Knicks look foolish, but Jackson says he was just misunderstood. The owner had beloved Knicks legend Charles Oakley thrown out of MSG and arrested, then doubled-down on saying their feud was all Oakley’s fault because the former player has anger — and maybe drinking — problems. So they have banned Oakley from the Garden.
All of that has made the Knicks a place free agents will avoid if they can this summer (money always plays a role).
Anthony commented on all of this Friday night after the loss to Denver, as reported by Ian Begley at ESPN.
“What happened is just an accumulation of incident on top of incident on top of everything that’s going on that’s surrounding the New York Knicks organization right now. It’s just kind of this cloud over us right now that we have to figure out a way to get out of it,” Anthony said Friday. “I think you have to be in it, you have to be going through it, in order to understand it. From the outside looking in, it looks bad. And it’s even worse when you’re getting through it.”
It’s worse from the inside? Because he’s right, it looks bad from out here.
There appears to be no changes coming. Jackson isn’t going to be able to find a trade partner acceptable to Carmelo Anthony by the Feb. 23 trade deadline (unless he’s willing to take a historically bad deal). This summer Jackson will not be asked to leave by the organization, nor is he expected to opt out and walk away from the $24 million or more that he is owed by the Knicks. The regime stays in place.
Just the Knicks being the Knicks.