Melo has complained about his teammates a few times this season - as he is entitled to - but the one after the 19 point loss to the Bulls seemed different somehow. Like Anthony had finally accepted his fate.
“Without a doubt, it’s embarrassing. It’s frustrating, embarrassing,’’ Anthony said. “Teams win and lose night in, night out, but just the way we’re not approaching the game with a winning attitude … I’m rambling right now, but it’s frustrating and I don’t like to be embarrassed like that."
Carmelo is a man of pride, and there is no other player currently in the league more deserving of a title ring than he. But each year, despite his scoring lifting the side to the playoffs, the Knicks always come up short. And it seems that maybe Anthony has given up on this side when he said:
“At this point, there’s no answers to it. As a team, we got to have some sense of pride and just go out there and compete. It seems we’re not even competing right now. We have to do a much better job of just having a sense of pride.’’
That is a damning indictment at the state of his side. How bad must the Knicks locker room be feeling if they don't even have their pride anymore.
Anthony went for a team leading 21 points against the Bulls, but he received no backup whatsoever from his team.
Amar'e Stoudemire and Tim Hardaway Jr. both had 14 on the night as the Knicks had trouble on both sides of the ball. Tyson Chandler showed how much he has regressed as a center by ending with a -15 performance after being dominated by Joakim Noah who nearly registered a tripe-double in the first half alone.
In his post-game interview Anthony even dropped a hint that he could find a new home with Noah and the Bulls.
Chicago do have the cap space to spare and could very well make a run at the 29-year old in free agency.
“I saw a couple of (Melo to Chicago signs) tonight,’’ Anthony said. “It was a good sign. It was good.”
Whether Carmelo was praising the artistry of the sign or the message it holds remains to be seen. Only time will tell.