Players are arguing. Carmelo Anthony wants to fight Tim Hardaway, Jr. Hardaway wants to fight Anthony. Everyone wants to fight Anthony. No one (seemingly) respects head coach Derek Fisher.
The players want to abandon the triangle offense that new team president Phil Jackson and Fisher have have spent significant time attempting to install. Never mind the fact that Jackson won a total of 11 titles as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers running the triangle — an offensive system which is based on post play, passing (got that ‘Melo?), and off-ball movement.
Welcome to the 2014-2015 New York Knicks.
My Knicks have evolved into such a fucking joke. I mean, ‘Melo and the gang is trying to go away from an offensive system that has become famous because it was the system that helped players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant win six and five championships, respectively.
Why do players on a team that had missed the playoffs last season want to dismiss a proven offensive philosophy? It’s the same reason why such friction has led to a 4-19 record, the worst start in Knicks history.
Again, because the Knicks are a fucking joke.
Looks like the only way to fix this mess is to do two things. Either someone needs to goad Jackson into coaching this wretched team, or get rid of everyone – including ‘Melo.
In re-signing with the Knicks (and filming that “look-at-me” documentary where he basically admitted he should have signed with the Chicago Bulls) ‘Melo proved what many had opined for a long time: he is not a winner – not even close. And as long as my Knicks make his ass the centerpiece of the team, the long it will take for them to return to the promised land.
That said, as the saying goes “in every cloud there is a silver lining” – or is it the other way around? Anyway, most of those terrible-ass contracts will be come off the books. No Amare Stoudamire, and hopefully no JR Smith. Even though Smith has an option to exercise at the end of the season (he knows he won’t get his high salary anywhere else, so he may exercise it), the Knicks’ brass should eat the contract and get rid of him.
Bring in superstars who are proven winners next season such as Marc Gasol and maybe Kevin Durant, and we may be onto something. ‘Melo needs to play with such stars to show him what it means to be a winner. And I really think that would be the likely scenario.
Until then, me and other Knicks fans will have to suffer through the misery that is the 2014-2015 season. Damn.