Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire continue to trade shots
After another disappointing loss to the Portland Tail Blazers, Amar’e Stoudemire voiced his displeasure with the team and specifically the offense. Stoudemire said there is no ball movement in which teammate Iman Shumpert echoed that statement by saying “the ball sticks” too much. This was of course a subtle shot at Carmelo Anthony and perhaps J.R. Smith as the two dominate the ball offensively. After hearing this, Melo claimed that the offense is not the reason for the team’s slow start, but defense is the problem.
Via NY Post:
“It’s just defense at this point,’’ Anthony said. “The easiest thing to do is try to point fingers and trying to figure out what’s going on — [like] ball movement. At the end of the day it’s defense, we’re not guarding anybody.”
“It’s easy to do because at the end of the day, I have the ball most of the offense,’’ Anthony said. “When you hear that, where it’s coming from, why is it being said, the real reason we’re not winning is we’re not defending. We’re not believing or trusting in one another on the defensive end.’’
At 3-10 the Knicks are off to their worst start since the 2009-10 season when the team was clearing players and cap space for the LeBron James sweepstakes. The Knicks have big issues and the only silver lining to this season may be the fact that the Atlantic Division is absolutely dreadful. The winner is guaranteed at least the 4-seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. At this rate Knicks fans may want to turn their attention to baseball season as this season has all the makings for a complete disaster.