After their 23-point embarrassing loss to the rival Brooklyn Nets, the fourth straight loss, have the New York Knicks hit rock bottom? Basketball is a game of streaks and many forget that before this four game skid, the Knicks won 6 out of their last 7, but hey that doesn’t matter right now.
The Knicks have problems all over the place except for Carmelo Anthony, but even he has been a sideshow all season. We all know Carmelo’s pending free agency has been a cloud looming over the Knicks all season, but that’s irrelevant right now. For the Knicks fans who think the Knicks are better off without him, imagine watching this team without him? Brutal, just brutal.
The two most important positions on the court, in my opinion, are the point guard and center. Raymond Felton has been hard to watch to say the least. He can’t hit the side of a barn lately and has been a liability on the court. I love Pablo Prigioni and think he is an excellent and smart player, but he can’t play 30 minutes a night. Beno Udrih has requested a trade, so I guess if the Knicks get an offer for new nets for the Garden hoops he will be on his way.
When it comes to the center position and big men down low, the Knicks are very limited. Amar’e Stoudemire was playing great until he once again headed to the trainer’s room with a sprained ankle. Andrea Bargnani might as well be a cardboard cutout on defense and his offensive game hasn’t been consistent at all.
The leader of the defense, Tyson Chandler, has called out and criticized Mike Woodson and the front office. He has said he doesn’t agree with the current defensive game plan (pretty sure all of New York doesn’t) and that they don’t have the personnel to switch on pick-and-rolls. If anyone has watched Bargnani on a pick-and-roll on defense, it’s pretty comical.
Chandler is one of the vocal leaders on the team and when he says things like this, it speaks volume. I think he is trying to get a positive reaction out of his teammates and coaches by calling them out, not throwing them under the bus.
From quotes from Carmelo like “We didn’t fight back” and then Chandler criticizing the defense, it isn’t going well in Madison Square Garden. It is rock bottom? Not yet, but if all this doesn’t stop, it might hit the bottom real quick,
There are two amazing things to take away from this: The Knicks are only 2 games out of the playoffs with all this. I didn’t mention J.R. Smith once.