The New York Knicks have gone from being one of the true franchises on the rise earlier this year to being one of the most laughable & disgraceful organizations in the NBA right now. Let’s take a quick look at where the Knicks have had some key issues over the last year.
J.R. Smith Is Playing Like J.R. Smith.
The team has had to deal with a variety of just very stupid, immature issues ever since the NBA playoffs last season.
J.R. Smith, who was dating pop singer Rihanna at the time, decided that after he came in & was a strong force for getting the Knicks into the playoffs, went back to his old self, jacking up terrible shots after the relationship started to happen, and he decided to go back to his old ways, which got him sent out of Denver.
|New York Knicks Guard J.R. Smith.|
This season, Smith has been as bad from a team standpoint as I have ever seen him, taking more crazy shots than ever before, but not having a better FG percentage & putting his team in position to be successful. The Knicks gave him 3 years, $18 million for his biggest scoring average of 18 points a game which was in 2012-13.
After the contract, Smith started getting into a weird rivalry with Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings, who called out Smith’s younger brother (who can’t play btw) & Smith sent out some threats to Jennings, looking more like a damn idiot instead of working on his game & being more of a team player.
The Knicks had looked into trade options for Smith, but very few teams were willing to take on his contract at the trade deadline.
Oh wait……..not to mention the real “streetball” thing to do….trying to untie Detroit Pistons Andre Drummond & Greg Monroe’s shoes at the free throw line during a game. That’s not NBA basketball; that’s streetball from a guy who can’t get the street out of him.
If the New York Knicks are going to move ahead, they have to be able to trade or cut J.R. Smith this offseason, or else the organization can not continue to function as is.
Raymond Felton Gun Incident
|New York Knicks Guard Raymond Felton.|
Felton will be playing this weekend in national TV games, which will undoubtedly lead to more questions & concerns about what is happening with the future of the Knicks & their roster.
Will Carmelo Anthony Be a New York Knick Next Season?
|New York Knicks Forward Carmelo Anthony.|
As the roster is currently constructed, Carmelo cannot win a championship in New York City. He has no help around him on any level & even the greats of the game have had some kind of competent assistance in winning championships. Kobe had Shaq, then Pau Gasol; Jordan had Pippen & Phil Jackson; LeBron, Wade & Bosh have each other in Miami.
Anthony has to develop more of a killer instinct if he is going to be considered a true winner, a sentiment that recently released Metta World Peace recently shared on a national radio show. If the Knicks were smart, they would try to bring in more pieces that can actually gel with Carmelo as opposed to making Anthony carry the entire load on his own shoulders.