Former NBA star and TNT analyst Reggie Miller doesn’t believe that the New York Knicks have what it takes to make the playoffs this year, according to reports in the U.S.
Miller told the New York Post that though he’s surprised Carmelo Anthony and co. have been so poor up until now, he doesn’t expect them to rally late on and secure a playoff spot ahead of their nearest rivals.
“I just don’t see the Knicks making up any games or going on an eight-, nine-game winning streak,” Miller said.
“I don’t see that happening. I think we’re all surprised. We had New York as the fifth-best team in the Eastern Conference when we started the season. The talent they have and with Carmelo [Anthony], I’m surprised they’ve been struggling this much. They’re losing at home, they’re losing to a lot of sub-.500 teams.”
Heading into tonight’s game against the Sacramento Kings the Knicks only boast a record of 20-31 and, despite having one of the league’s best forwards in Anthony, they’ve had little to cheer about so far.
Currently the Knicks sit two places below that coveted last playoff place in the Eastern Conference, and it’s going to be a tall order for them to beat the likes of the Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Bobcats to the spot.
What’s more, with every defeat the Knicks’ chances of holding on to star man Anthony dwindle. The All-Star small forward is soon to become a free-agent before too long and speculation has suggested he would be ready to leave New York in order to improve his chances of championship glory.