With their fifth straight loss to the Atlanta Hawks Saturday, the New York Knicks are in big trouble.
Fans are chanting “Fire Woodson,” their beleaguered head coach. New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony has told reporters he is opting out of his contract at the end of the year. Then there was that horrible loss to the San Antonio Spurs. If these things are any indication that they are ready to implode, then we should expect it soon.
It doesn’t look like they are poised to make the playoffs, and if they do, they might not go very far. They are scheduled to play the Detroit Pistons Tuesday in Detroit, and then play the Indiana Pacers Wednesday at home. The rest of their games in November have them playing the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center and the Portland Trailblazers at the Moda Center, two teams that are near the top of the Western Conference. It doesn’t get better with the Knicks still having to play such teams as the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, and the current NBA champion Miami Heat.
Although it is very early in the season, it looks like there might be changes to the Knicks before the New Year commences. After the loss Saturday, Anthony was disappointed in his team, saying: “We ain’t playing worth a s— right now. We got to play harder.”
Anthony is at the point where he doesn’t want to play as many minutes as he does, saying he plays 45 minutes every night.
Their only win at home was their season opener, 90-83 over the Milwaukee Bucks. After that, they dropped to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Charlotte Bobcats, Spurs, Houston Rockets, and the Hawks.
Their losses probably wouldn’t be so bad if they lost by a few points, but in their home losing streak, the New York Knicks have lost by at least 10 points in three of those games, with a horrible 31-point loss to the Spurs Nov. 10, shooting a dismal 37 percent from the field.
There is more controversy surrounding the team that makes the situation worse. The addition of Knicks guard J.R. Smith’s brother Chris onto the roster reportedly got some fans and teammates upset. It also didn’t help that the New York Knicks stated that they kept the younger Smith because of J.R. Both Smith brothers are represented by the same agency, Creative Arts Agency, and they have close ties to the Knicks organization. But, today, Chris Smith was shipped to the NBA’s Developmental League, although he will still be paid his salary of $490,180.
Also, fans are complaining that Coach Mike Woodson has not played quality players like Raymond Felton and Cole Aldrich, instead starting players such as Amar’e Stoudemire, who has a bloated contract, and J.R., who was suspended for five games at the beginning of this season. Fans feel that his loyalty to them means that potential good players do not get a chance to get minutes and do well on the floor.
When all of these factors add up, it looks like a matter of time before the New York Knicks are ready to implode. The hope is that they can turn it around before the All-Star Break, but if not, then they might have more empty seats.
By: Renayle Fink