The season is winding down in the NBA, and just like we have seen over the past three years, the New York Knicks are going to miss the playoffs again! Currently, Carmelo Anthony has a reduced role as the Knicks go about seeing what they have for the future. Well, not sure how bright the future is for the Knicks. They may have a franchise caliber player in Kristaps Porzingis, and of course they have Melo, but is there anything else that excites you about the Knicks? Derrick Rose? He’ll be a free agent at the end of the season, but is he a building block at this point? I don’t think so. Willy Hernangomez? Ron Baker? No!
The Knicks are a mess. Blame Phi Jackson for sure! He has been bad. Jackson was a great coach (11 titles), but has been a bad president of basketball operations. From weird tweets about Melo, to not finding players to surround Melo, it has not been good in New York City. Hall of Famer and former Bulls’ star Scottie Pippen had some interesting to things to say about his old coach. Pippen said the following on ESPN’s The Jump:
“To be honest with you, I’m gonna have to go at my old coach Phil Jackson. I just think he hasn’t put the right pieces on the floor. I give a lot of credit to Carmelo, who has been very professional in getting through this 82-game season.”‘
Do you feel sorry for Carmelo Anthony? I would say no! Melo could have gotten out when he was a free agent in 2014. He could have gone to Bulls or elsewhere, but he chose money. The Knicks could pay him the most, and he took the most. Unfortunately for Melo, he took the money and believed in Phil Jackson. Bad move!
At this point, the Knicks need to find a way to move Melo (no trade clause), fire Phil Jackson and start all over. Maybe a “tank” or two would benefit the Knicks.
Life is full of choices; choose wisely.