Tension Mounts As The Knicks Falter

Can New York pull it together by the playoffs?

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Tension Mounts As The Knicks Falter

It’s been around 15 games since the New York Knicks acquired All-Star Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets and it’s beginning to look like things aren’t coming together as fast as the Knicks would like as their squad has been an inconsistent mess in recent games. They have lost 5 out of the past 6 games and many are beginning to express doubts about the Stoudamire-Anthony duo, including possibly Anthony himself.

“I’m guessing that right about now Carmelo Anthony is probably wishing he didn’t insist on being traded to the Knicks. He’s got the same buyer’s remorse Stephon Marbury once had.” Marc Berman of the New York Post declared, “The honeymoon is officially over.”

The recent uneven play prompted Amare Stoudemire to come out in a post game press conference and call out teammates about their dedication to New York’s style of offense, stating that some players just aren’t buying into coach D’Antoni’s system.

When asked if he took offense to Stoudemire’s statements, Carmelo laughed it off.

"No not at all, why would I do that?" Anthony said. "[Coach] D’Antoni got a hell of an offense, I can tell you that. Everybody knows that around this league, everybody on the team knows that.

"It’s a matter of me picking my spots in the offense and figuring them out in a timely fashion. What I told the guys is ‘Let’s be patient, man. This is not going to get together, this is not going to be 100 percent in two-and-a-half weeks. It’ll just take some time.’"

For his part, D’Antoni doesn’t believe that there is any problem in either the locker room or with players not ‘buying into’ his system.

"I think everybody wants an ideal situation where it’s all campfires and singing and all that, but it’s just not going to be that way," D’Antoni said. "We have a lot of high stakes right now, and as you see there’s people that want to getcha. Again, it’s nothing bad, that’s just the way it is.

"We’re on a big stage and we’re going through practice on an open court and sometimes it doesn’t get good. I guess the bottom line is I’m not worried about it. We’ve talked about it and we’ll get things right, and guys are still hanging in there and we’ll solve the problem. There are going to be frustrations that boil over some, but they know and we all know, and we’re all in the same boat, how to get the job done."

With the playoffs around the corner, the window for the Knicks team to come together is narrowing fast.