The New York Knicks are back to being terrible. There was a brief glimmer of hope when they won six out of seven games to begin the month of January, but a loss to the lowly Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night was New York’s fifth straight. During the game, Carmelo Anthony reportedly swore at a fan.
According to Marc Berman of the NY Post, a fan yelled, “Nice defense, Melo” in the final minutes of the loss. Anthony apparently was in no mood.
“Go f— yourself,” an eye witness claimed Carmelo shouted back.
The Knicks held a six-point lead in the fourth quarter at one point but eventually let it slip away. Anthony would not address the exchange with a fan after the game, but he did say the Knicks need to avoid crumbling.
“I’m dealing with it,” he said. “It’s not something I’ve dealt with before, and I’m going through this experience and I’m learning from it. As a team, we got to stick together and not let anything come between us.”
It may already be too late. Losing on the road is one thing. The Knicks, however, have lost their last two home games to teams with a combined record of 32-50. Mike Woodson reportedly had to confront Tyson Chandler recently about his negative comments toward the team, and we all know how volatile the JR Smith situation has been.
The most frightening thing for Knicks fans is that Anthony can opt out of his contract after this season. With the way things have gone, why would he want to stick around?
Thanks to LBS tipster DavidGoogle+