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Carmelo Anthony shaking his head sums up Knicks’ season perfectly

Carmelo-Anthony-disgustedJust when the New York Knicks appeared to be turning things around, they went and reverted back to their early-season form. The Knicks have lost four straight after starting the month of January by winning six out of seven. Their 103-80 loss to the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden on Monday was particularly embarrassing.

At one point, the Knicks looked like a YMCA 12-and-under team when they somehow lost track of Deron Williams and left him wide open for a 3-pointer. The cameras picked a perfect time to zoom in on Carmelo Anthony, who was shaking his head in disgust after the play.

How bad have things gotten in New York? When guys like Beno Udrih are reportedly demanding a trade, you know the team is not having any fun. Udrih has not been playing many minutes with Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni healthy. He played just four minutes on Monday and did not touch the floor in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

How long before Carmelo wants out? Just watch the GIF again.

GIF via Deadspin

Carmelo Anthony on live TV: ‘We got another game tomorrow? S—’

Carmelo-AnthonyYou know how we know Carmelo Anthony is taking it one game at a time? He didn’t even know the New York Knicks had a game on Tuesday. After defeating the Phoenix Suns at home on Monday night, the Knicks had to prepare for a quick turnaround and travel to Charlotte to take on the Bobcats. This was news to Anthony.

Carmelo, who scored 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the overtime victory, spoke with Tina Cervasio of the MSG Network after the game. Cervasio ended the interview by reminding Anthony that the Knicks had another game tomorrow, and this was his reaction:

“We got another game tomorrow? S—.”

Before you go ripping Carmelo for not paying attention, keep in mind that the Knicks have won five-straight games and appear to have a pulse. Last week, Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal noted that Anthony was unaware that the Miami Heat were New York’s next opponent after they beat the Detroit Pistons.

The Knicks went on to knock off the Heat, so perhaps ‘Melo’s one game at a time strategy is paying off. With the Eastern Conference still wide open, the Knicks actually have themselves in the 8th playoff spot at the moment. They have picked a good time to get hot.

Chest bump to Ball Don’t Lie

Ex-teammate thinks Carmelo Anthony is going to leave the Knicks

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony is frustrated with the New York Knicks’ struggles this season, and a former teammate thinks the Knicks forward will leave the team after the season.

“I think he’s leaving. I’ve played with Melo for a long time and he knows he can’t win here. At this stage, all he wants to do is win. That’s why he’ll leave,” a former teammate told the New York Daily News in an anonymous quote.

[Related: Carmelo Anthony says Knicks are playing to lose]

Carmelo has a player option for $23.7 million next season, but the expectation is that he will opt out to sign a long-term contract. The Knicks can offer ‘Melo a lot more money than another team (over $30 million), but there have been rumors and reports the past few months saying that Melo leave. Some reports have pegged the Lakers as a team of interest for him, but more recently the Clippers have also come up.

It’s important to remember that in September ‘Melo said he wasn’t going to leave the Knicks in free agency. He said his goal was to bring a championship to the franchise, but the likelihood of that has gone down drastically since the season started. Maybe his feelings have changed since then.

H/T Eye on Basketball

Carmelo Anthony sparks hilarious meme by calling Twitter user a ‘glazed donut face’

Carmelo Anthony glazed donut face

Carmelo Anthony inadvertently sparked one of the greatest memes of the year when he had a hilarious response to a fan on Twitter.

‘Melo sent out a tweet on Tuesday to wish his followers a happy New Year’s Eve and let them know about a giveaway he was doing.

One clearly frustrated fan decided to send back an angry response:

Carmelo Anthony Twitter

Rather than sit back and let that one slide by, Melo decided to respond to the fan. And boy did he hit back with a gem.

A glazed donut face? Goodness it doesn’t get better than that.

Anthony’s Knicks teammate JR Smith loved it:

The fan was in disbelief and couldn’t believe he’d been roasted by his favorite player:

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Mike Woodson on not calling timeout: Joe Johnson has made that play before

Mike WoodsonThe New York Knicks suffered one of their most painful losses of the season on Tuesday night when they mismanaged the clock in the final seconds of the game. After the Washington Wizards took a one-point lead with 6.9 seconds remaining, the Knicks chose not to use one of their three remaining timeouts to advance the ball to half court. Carmelo Anthony settled for a wild 3-point attempt that was nowhere close.

After the game, head coach Mike Woodson admitted he messed up and should have called timeout. However, he seemed to defend himself a bit more on Tuesday. Woodson told reporters that when he coached the Atlanta Hawks, Joe Johnson had been able to execute that play without a timeout.

“I’m going to be honest. I’ve let games go like that,” Woodson said, via Marc Berman of the NY Post. “In Atlanta, I let a couple of games where I didn’t call a timeout because they weren’t set. We threw it in and Joe Johnson was able to dribble down and hit a winning shot. Was I thinking that at the time? Well, when Beno [Udrih] stepped out and Melo begged for it and he threw it to him, I didn’t stop the play. I let it go on. I should’ve called a timeout, taking it out of their hands and advance the basketball [to halfcourt], but I didn’t.”

Maybe I’m reading into it too much, but it seems like Woodson was trying to blame Carmelo by pointing out that he “begged” for the ball. He sounds like a coach who is claiming he wanted to give his superstar a chance to make a play without interrupting him.

In Woodson’s defense, Anthony and JR Smith both acknowledged after the loss that the players were just as responsible for not calling a timeout. Still, it seems ridiculous to allow a player to dribble all the way up the court with 6.9 seconds left when you have the ability to advance the ball to half court. It doesn’t matter how many times Joe Johnson has executed the play in his career.

Carmelo Anthony: New York Knicks are playing to lose

Carmelo-Anthony-Mike-Woodson-holds-players-accountableThe New York Knicks may never win another game. Fine, we won’t go that far, but a team that was once considered a contender in the Eastern Conference is now 3-13 and has lost its last nine games. They have lost seven in a row at home during that span, which is one of those franchise records that every player hopes they will never be a part of.

The Knicks almost snapped their losing streak on Friday night against the Denver Nuggets, but instead lost 97-95. They lost another close one to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday by a score of 103-99. Carmelo Anthony seems to be running out of answers.

“I think we’re playing to lose rather than playing to win right now,” Anthony said on Sunday, via ESPNNewYork.com. “When you lose games the way we’ve been losing them at home, on the road, you start thinking a lot. You start playing a little tense, you start playing on your heels.”

What ‘Melo probably meant is “playing to not lose” rather than playing to win. That would make perfect sense, because the Knicks have to be thinking about their embarrassing losing streak every time they take the floor.

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Carmelo Anthony tying 3-pointer at end of game doesn’t count (Video)

New York Knicks fans were teased on Thursday night when Carmelo Anthony made a 3-pointer that would have tied their game with the Houston Rockets at 107 in the final seconds.

The Knicks were inbounding the ball with 5.8 seconds left down 107-104. ‘Melo got the ball and went up immediately for the shot and sunk a three. But James Harden was intentionally trying to foul before he attempted a shot. Luckily for Houston, referee Scott Foster called a foul on Harden prior to the shot.

The 3-pointer did not count, and the Rockets went on for a 109-106 victory. Anthony went 17-of-30 for 45 points in the loss. His point total was the highest by an individual this season.

That was clearly the correct call — the replay showed Harden repeatedly slapping Anthony before the shot went up:

James Harden Carmelo Anthony

That’s some of the best defense Harden has played all season.