Carmelo Anthony heard it from a heckler during the New York Knicks’ 104-85 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday and had an interesting response.
‘Melo was on the bench with under five minutes remaining in the game and kept hearing it from a fan who was sitting nearby the Knicks’ bench. He then got up and pointed at team owner James Dolan, telling the fan to ask the owner for a refund.
“He kept calling my name, calling my name, saying, ‘You guys suck, you guys suck,'” Anthony said after the game via ESPN New York’s Ian Begley. “At that point, I was trying to gather myself, and I turned around. All I did was point at Dolan and told him, ‘Look, the owner’s right there. Ask for your money back.’ He’s calling me and telling me he’s never coming to another game and we suck. Just don’t want to hear that. I pointed to the owner and told him, ‘You deal with that with him. Maybe you can get your money back.'”
Begley says it seemed like the fan was escorted from his seats after that exchange, fairly or unfairly.
Anthony had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the loss, the Knicks’ 11th in 13 games. Obviously the fan has a lot of reasons to be frustrated, but he must not know Anthony too well. If he did, then he would have known based on this video that ‘Melo is always game to respond to fans.
A New York Knicks fan whose prom request was respectfully turned down by Kristaps Porzingis is not holding a grudge.
Samantha Miller attended Friday night’s game between the Knicks and Orlando Magic and held up a creative sign asking Porzingis to attend her prom. Porzingis respectfully declined, as he is going to be out of the country at that time.
Fortunately, Miller is still the rookie’s No. 1 fan.
You can see the original sign and Porzingis’ response here.
It’s a shame Porzingis won’t be around for the big event. We’ve seen star athletes attend proms and other events with fans in the past, and it always makes for a great story.
A fan in attendance for Friday’s Knicks-Magic game at Madison Square Garden asked Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis to prom using a creative sign.
The fan, 17-year-old Samantha Miller, put together a poster in Knicks orange and blue colors asking Porzingis to her prom at Miller Place High School:
“I have been planning this for a little more than a month,” Miller told ESPN. “I’m a huge fan of the Knicks and KP. I watch every game, so I wanted to bring him to prom with me, since I didn’t go to my junior prom due to being bullied by some boys.”
Miller is clearly a huge Knicks fan, as this photo she posted to her Twitter account will attest:
Porzingis said after the game that he saw the sign (Ace of Base style) and would be recording a video message for Miller soon. He posted a video response on his Twitter account Saturday:
It’s too bad that he won’t be going. This would have been a great PR opportunity for him. We hope he reconsiders.
Carmelo Anthony is still searching for his first NBA championship, and there is very little reason to believe the New York Knicks are close to helping him obtain it. Despite that, Anthony insists he is not looking to be traded.
During a recent exchange with fans on his Instagram page, Anthony fired back at a fan who accused him of not caring about the game.
“Shows how little you know about me. Staying in NY shows that I do care,” Anthony wrote, per Ian Begley of ESPN.com. “If I would have left, what would you have said then? ‘Oh, Melos wack for leaving. He turned his back on NY.’ FOH.
“You are stuck with me buddy. Deal with it. If you want me gone, I’ll personally walk you into the front office so you can plead your case of the Knicks trading me. Hope you have bail money bc they might have you arrested for Disturbing the Peace.”
Knicks legend Clyde Frazier didn’t do Carmelo any favors recently when he made these comments. There has already been speculation that Anthony is unhappy with the approach Phil Jackson took on draft night, though Melo has done his best to squash those reports.
The ideal scenario for Anthony would be winning a championship in New York. That would not only give him a ring but also the ability to say he remained loyal despite some horrible seasons. But if the Knicks finish anywhere near 17-65 again next season, it’s going to be difficult for a 32-year-old Anthony to not demand a one-way ticket out of town.
New York Knicks fans have officially seen enough of their 5-34 team. This particular Knicks team is likely going to go down as the worst in franchise history, and I’m sure tickets are going for cheap money. So for those fans who can’t sell theirs, out come the paper bags.
Thursday night’s loss to the Houston Rockets was New York’s 14th straight and 24th in its last 25 games. The team has gotten so bad that even the TNT crew felt it was appropriate to bust out the paper bags while doing the Knicks highlights. Here’s a great screenshot that The Cauldron passed along:
The only ones not wearing paper bags are the players themselves, but they probably should be. Our man Nick Pants has that covered:
Carmelo Anthony summed up the current state of the Knicks beautifully when he made these comments last month, and it has only gotten worse since. Phil Jackson has to be embarrassed at this point.
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A group of disgusted New York Knicks fans are planning to protest outside Madison Square Garden the night before the team takes on the Indiana Pacers on March 19. The Facebook page for the rally has over 2,500 likes, and there’s a good chance a large group will show up. It’s also a virtual certainty that the Knicks are aware of it.
On Tuesday morning, the Knicks sent an email to season ticket holders inviting them to come to the game early on March 19 to meet some alumni, receive some vouchers and be treated like “VIP.” Here’s what the letter said, courtesy of Deadspin.
With the Knicks back from their west coast tour, we wanted to celebrate in a big way, with you! If you plan to attend the Knicks game on Wednesday, March 19th, we’d love for you to attend the Knicks Happy Hour, courtesy of Chase. At this event, you’ll meet some Alumni, receive vouchers for merchandise and concessions and be able to watch shoot-around from a great spot. The event starts at 6PM, which is an hour before doors open to the general public [and two hours before game time], so you’ll be a VIP!
If you and your guests would like to attend, please let me know and print the invite for admission. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope you are able to join us.
Coincidence? Doubtful. It should be noted that New York has won four games in a row and is on the brink of hiring Phil Jackson, but that isn’t enough to erase the foul taste thousands of fans have in their mouths. The guys who run the protest page have already responded to the season ticket holder email, saying the Knicks should have made the “VIP” event at 5:00 because they will still be bumping into the protesters at 6:00.
Jackson will bring some buzz and excitement back to New York, but the Knicks are still likely to miss the playoffs. That will make for a long offseason.
The New York Knicks are one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference, and their fans have grown tired of it. After losing in the Eastern Conference semifinals last year, the Knicks have compiled a lowly 21-40 record this season. A group of fans are planning to display their disgust later this month.
A Facebook page called “KF4L (Knicks Fans For Life) Rally Page” has been started by a group of Knicks fans and already has over 1,000 likes. The group has organized a protest of team owner James Dolan’s handling of the franchise to take place on March 19 in front of Madison Square Garden.
The organizers of the protest, Knicks fans Michael Brown, Anthony Samaroo and Mark Griffin, have been promoting the rally on social media. They wrote an email to Marc Berman of the NY Post explaining the protest.
“Dolan’s failure to allow knowledgeable basketball people the autonomy/power to make basketball related decisions…,” they explained. “His insistence on overriding the opinions of his basketball people by bidding against himself in negotiations and overpaying in trades.”
The organizers singled out general manager Steve Mills and ripped Dolan for rehiring him after he oversaw “one of the most embarrassing eras in Knicks history.”
“We understand Dolan will not sell,” the statement concluded. “We understand change may not come of this. We just want our voices heard. We want to remind Dolan and the NBA that our voices matter. We buy the tickets, the jerseys, the NBA League Pass subscriptions. We are frustrated. We are tired. We deserve better.”
Maybe Carmelo Anthony should show up and hold a sign.
Hopefully the protesters have more luck than those Miami Marlins fans did a little over a year ago when they organized that rally — if you want to call it that. Considering it’s New York, I’m sure the turnout will be slightly better.
The New York Knicks are in the middle of another very long losing streak. This one will likely bury their playoff hopes, as the Knicks have fallen to 21-40 on the season after a loss to the lowly Detroit Pistons on Monday night. And with that, even the youngest of Knicks fans have begun shaking their heads.
Can you sum it up any better than this kid? Carmelo Anthony had a similar reaction to a boneheaded play from his teammates earlier this season, but he’s also an adult who gets paid to help the team win. When fans who can’t be older than 8 start reacting like somebody stole their pet turtle, you know you’ve hit rock bottom.
GIF via SB Nation
Wes Welker had a chance to seal a win for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI two years ago, and he let it slip out of his finger tips. Tom Brady threw a pass on third down late in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants that should have been caught to give New England a crucial first down, but Welker couldn’t haul it in.
He was once again reminded of that play on Tuesday night, courtesy of a New York Knicks fan. Welker attended the Knicks game at Madison Square Garden with teammates Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. When the three receivers were welcomed on the jumbotron, a Knicks fan — who is presumably also a Giants fan — sat behind Welker and mocked him for his dropped pass.
Hey, I guess anything’s better than Brady’s wife telling you you should have caught the ball.
H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz
New York Knicks guard JR Smith has one of the most recognizable tattoos in sports. On the front of his neck and under his chin, Smith has the New York Yankees symbol, the words “Young Money,” and his nickname “Swish” written with a bunch of stars scattered around. While that description nearly describes the image you see above, that is not a photo of Smith’s tattoo.
Instead, the ink belongs to a Knicks fan named Michael Cooper. Cooper, who goes by @cooperstar3 on Twitter, tweeted at Smith’s brother last month asking him if he thought JR would be mad if he copied his tattoo. Cooper essentially got the same design, only he had “Cooper Star” written in place of “Young Money.” Here’s a photo of Smith’s tattoo for comparison:
Creepy? Just a little bit. One day we have a guy hoping Dirk Nowtizki impregnated his wife and the next we have someone copying an NBA player’s custom tattoo. The man worship has been really weird this holiday season.
H/T Ball Don’t Lie
Photo via @cooperstar3