The New York Knicks are off to an absolutely terrible start to the 2014-15 NBA season.
Entering the season with playoff aspirations, the Knicks are 4-20 and looking more terrible by the game. After losing to a San Antonio Spurs team that was without Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, New York has now lost 10 straight games are find themselves in 13th place in a a dreadful Eastern Conference.
Making matters worse for New York, the team is having significant internal problems.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported Wednesday on a number of issues the Knicks players are having, which boiled over into a recent altercation between Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr.
The New York Knicks were en route to their fifth straight loss last week against Brooklyn when a frustrated Tim Hardaway Jr. screamed angrily, “Get the rebound!”
Certain his second-year teammate was speaking to him, Carmelo Anthony approached Hardaway on the way down the court and used an expletive to ask Hardaway who in the world he thought he was talking to.
Anthony, according to sources, used another expletive in telling Hardaway he was going to beat him up when they got into the locker room after the game.
Broussard also details how the players do not like the triangle offensive system they are running or their coach Derek Fisher’s demeanor.
Simply put, there might not be a bigger mess in basketball than the Knicks right now.
While no one would mistake the Knicks with a good team, New York should be better than this. With them playing in the East and having Carmelo along with a number of talented players, it wasn’t all that absurd before the season to suggest the Knicks could make a run at a postseason berth.
But those dreams are done. And with the Knicks reportedly unraveling as times get tougher rather than coming together and overcoming the adversity, there’s little reason to believe the Knicks can come close to approaching a respectable record this season.
At this point, the Knicks should strongly consider making some trades and blowing up their current nucleus because what they have simply isn’t working.