Posted December 04, 2013

Carmelo Anthony on Knicks: ‘We are the laughingstock of the league right now’

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The Knicks' .188 winning percentage is second only to the Milwaukee Bucks for the worst in the NBA. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Image)

The Knicks’ .188 winning percentage is the second-worst in the NBA. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Image)

It’s no secret the Knicks are having a disappointing season. Now, New York’s franchise player is putting it out there that he understands what others think of them.

Carmelo Anthony made it a point on Wednesday to let people know the team is well aware of just how bad things have become this season as the Knicks find themselves losers of nine straight. Anthony admitted Wednesday the Knicks are “the laughingstock” of the NBA, reports the Associated Press’ Brian Mahoney:

“We are the laughingstock of the league right now. It’s nothing to hide. We are.”

Anthony also said, “Do I like being laughed at? Hell no,” according to a tweet Wednesday from New York Daily News reporter Frank Isola.

New York’s .188 winning percentage is second-worst in the league behind only the Milwaukee Bucks heading into Thursday’s match up with the Brooklyn Nets, who are also playing below expectations this year (5-13) and have dealt with their share of on-and-off the court issues as well.

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Earlier this week, Anthony said the Knicks are “playing to lose”, news that came at the same time that reports surfaced of “heated” arguments between forwards Kenyon Martin and Metta World Peace and possible tension between Iman Shumpert and Anthony.

Head coach Mike Woodson said late last month that he doesn’t believe he’s “lost the locker room,” but Anthony later admitted to the media that the Knicks are “worried” about Woodson’s job security and that “we’ve got to control our locker room.” Two weeks ago, owner James Dolan said in a New York Post report from Mike Vaccaro that he has “complete confidence” in Woodson and believes the coach has the respect of his players.

Anthony, who expressed interest at the beginning of the season in testing free agency next summer, is currently averaging 26.3 points and a career high 9.9 rebounds.

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47 comments
bambam824
bambam824

Carmelo will be in the Purple and Gold.

JubJub
JubJub

Let's see...this team includes: Melo, J.R. Smith, K-Mart and Maniac World Peace.  

And they wonder why they're having problems?  

2azkidz@gmail.com
2azkidz@gmail.com

How in the name of Arnold Aurbach do the nicked Knicks expect anything but all-out war when they take on Kenyon Martin and Metta World Peace?

crzytensdad
crzytensdad

GMs looking to give Melo a max deal are not very smart.  Scoring champions and one dimensional players don't win championships.  Melo is not a piece you build a team around, he doesn't pass, rebound, or play defense, he'd rather shoot jumpers and run from the top of the key to the top of the key.  When in the history of the NBA has a player on a 3-13 team been given so much press?  Let's hear what 0J mayo has to say (they have 3 wins) or Jimmer from the Kings has to say (they have 4 wins).  Melo you're on a 3-13 team, hopefully your market value has taken a hit, you're one of the most overrated players in the league.

marsof
marsof

Melo has been a laughing stock. good player to some extent. but stubborn and not a team player. knicks would probably be better without melo. he will never get a ring. he will go down in history as a good player, but also as a chump. lakers would be a fool to take melo. melo is definitely not a franchise player. 

Haddock
Haddock

Knicks were bound to fail when they picked Melo over Lin. Lin is a team player who makes others better. Melo is a selfish player who makes those around him worse. 

Ant
Ant

Comments like these are why NBA "fans" are the worst in all sports, except for soccer.  I love my Knicks, hate Knicks fans.  It's not even All-Star break yet and look how the fan train has derailed.  Plenty of time to turn it around and get it going. 

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

The whole NBA is a comedy show and the Knicks play only a small role on it.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

When it comes to 'laughingstocks' in the NBA, it's a big club.  After Miami and the Pacers, the entire east is a joke. Boston is first in the Atlantic with a 8-12 record. The Wizards are 9-9 and have the THIRD best record in the conference. Half of the teams that make the eastern playoffs could get lottery picks. So mellow out, Melo, the whole east is a disgrace. No one is paying special attention to the Knicks 

Holden
Holden

Anthony had a nice situation brewing in Denver, before he bolted for the "greener pastures'' of NY.  He had a great coach and had just gotten to the conference championship series.  He proved he was more concerned with his bottom dollar and less about winning anything.

Denver might be cheap, but the Knicks are as dysfunctional a franchise as one will find in sports.  Anthony thought he could be the difference-maker for any team...it's not that easy, as he's finding out.  He got what he wanted most and should now just shut up and play ball...

jesse061890
jesse061890

Screw you, Melo! That distinction belongs to us!


-Milwaukee Bucks

wanganui
wanganui

Um, YOU actually are the laughingstock of the league, Carmelo.  Not the Knicks.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Two words Melo - applies to you and your spoiled, chubby, no-talent wife - OVER RATED! Melo is a one dimensional player who shoots 42%. Take enough shots and even a guy that bad will get a boat load of points.

Can't wait to laugh when Melo goes to the Lakers and Kobe smacks him down.

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

No Melo in Denver and the Nugs will make the playoffs 3 years straight...yeah yeah they may lose early but their brand of basketball is one of the most entertaining each night in the NBA 

Knicks... are a joke BWHAHAHAHAHAH

stagger
stagger

AHAHAHAHHAHAHHAAAAAHHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHA!!!

TheCantankerousNut
TheCantankerousNut

They have the Bargnani disease.  Any team with a center that hangs out at the 3 point line on offensive possessions - especially in the last 3 minutes of the game - is going to lose.   I've been watching Il Mago' since he's been in the league.  The very skill set he has results in a much higher probability of loss.  

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

The moneyball concept is nothing new - it was just outed by the movie.  Coaches and statisticians have always used it.  Heck, I even use it when I play NBA 2k14.  Some simple rules:



1) Stop taking guarded fadeaway jumpers

2) stop hogging the ball, an average shooter with an open shot beats a good shooter with a bad shot every time

3) a team that gets the most out of its personnel is one with a non-scoring playmaker.  The Spurs outpunched their own weight last year.  The Heat under-punched their own weight last year.


Carmelo will never be a champion with his style of playing.

6marK6
6marK6

I think people are much more indifferent to you and the Knicks than laughing at you, Melo. 

KevinAustin
KevinAustin

No CArmelo, you have always been a ball-hogging laughingstock. 

Also, you will never win a title as the star player.

JubJub
JubJub

@crzytensdad I couldn't agree more.  I'm a Nuggets fan, and I've been saying this about Melo since he was in Denver.  He's a very nice player with a gift for scoring, but he is not an elite player -- either in terms of ability or temperament.  No team with Melo as its best player will ever sniff a championship. And J.R. Smith is pure garbage, by the way, both as a basketball player and a human being.  

War_Ensemble
War_Ensemble

@bsamps07 i sick of this sports blog spam garbage.  nobody wants to read your stuff man get out of here.. everybody report this guy stat

JubJub
JubJub

@Ant Melo is trash.  J.R. is trash.  K-Mart is trash.  Maniac is trash.  Amar'e is trash.  James Dolan is trash.  

The Knicks are the sum of their parts.  

JulesG
JulesG

@HoldenSee, I don't understand fans and this point of view. So, Melo's decision to leave becomes this clear cut ideology about "more concerned with his bottom dollar and less about winning anything"? Really? That is a silly notion. These players care A LOT about winning, because their competitiveness is what makes them and what they do relevant. To question that because he went for what he thought was the better situation and more money is what we ALL do if it makes sense to us. With that said, the Knicks were relying on the likes of Melo and money to become relevant. It worked for a spell, and now it's failing. All the white, teams like the Heat were able to get 3 stars on a team and the Lakers the same, and the old Boston team. That is hard to compete with, period. They just have to deal with it like all teams in that same light has to. It's all a business gamble and theirs is not working, so, watching them deal with it is interesting without making it just about their star or anything else. This is not all Melo's fault, the coach, or anyone specifically. It's how business works in the NBA.

TylerJones
TylerJones

@wanganui Im laughing at the knicks and you... Not melo the superstar who is better than 97 percent of this league 

JulesG
JulesG

@wanganui So are you the laughing stock up at FedEx? Why dump on Melo???

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@wanganui You know an intelligent comment is coming when it starts with "Um"…How exactly is Melo the laughing stock of the league? 

JulesG
JulesG

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius Um, why are you judging another man's wife???? Send us pics of yours so we can give our view too...ok? Or, you could stfu and stay on topic instead of poor troll attempts and wasted time and energy....

TylerJones
TylerJones

@Nate the Pate Melo averages 40 passes a game and 7.8 assist opportunities. He's not hogging the ball. The team aren't playing team defense and not making shots. Watch basketball for a change.

JamilRamsey1
JamilRamsey1

@Nate the Pate Style of play is irrelevant in regards to Melo winning a championship. If Lebron could not win without a Wade and Bosh level talent on his team, then it's crazy to think Melo would be able to do the same with his collection of spare parts. Kobe has 5 championships, team composition can cure any style of play issues.

The_Sports_Dude
The_Sports_Dude

@6marK6 This.  No one outside of the Tri-State Area gives a flying f*** about the Knicks.

TylerJones
TylerJones

@KevinAustin You idiot Melo will win a ring as a superstar. He doesn't ballhog like KD..... He has over 2400 career assist and we are laughing at the knicks not him.. Get it straight 

Ant
Ant

@Voiceover310 @Ant  We'll see how "laughable" it is when other teams who are winning now come under duress, and the will.  Do your history.

TrojanBroncoReid
TrojanBroncoReid

@JulesG @Holden The Knicks and Nets are both super dysfunctional franchises. The Knicks have been for a long time. Look at Indiana, or the Spurs. They don't have a bunch of stars, they just play team basketball and they win. The problem with Anthony, or J.R. Smith is they don't play team basketball. Melo disrupts the offense by holding onto the ball way too long and then throwing up a jumper. He is crazy talented, but he always puts himself first. Look at Lebron or Durant, whose field goal percentage and assists per game are way higher than Anthony's The difference between Melo and other superstars is he doesn't utilize his teammates, and that's why he will never win a championship as the star of his team.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@Ant I know how the NBA goes bro, but saying the Knicks will turn this around is not realistic. They aren't playing with any heart. It's not an issue of injuries or talent. The team just flat out doesn't look like they care. Amare is a complete joke,Artest is done,Martin should retired years ago, the only one on the team who can still ball is Melo and he will want out very soon. Knicks are years away from being relevant. 

JubJub
JubJub

@TrojanBroncoReid @JulesG @Holden There are some good posts in this particular part of the thread by some pretty knowledgeable basketball fans.

As a Nuggets fan, I can say I had zero problems with Melo leaving.  I don't care whether he was chasing the money, since that's what all of us do -- although I am skeptical of that claim because he would be getting paid in Denver what he's making in New York.  The big-time endorsements never came in New York any more than they did in Denver.  Either way, I don't have a problem with athletes or anyone else going for the money.  

I had a problem with Melo as a basketball player -- and still do.  Yes, he can score.  That is undeniable.  He's also a solid rebounder.  However, he's always been a horrible and indifferent defender, he's a ball-stopper, he's not aggressive enough in attacking the basket, he takes a lot of bad shots, he's not a good passer and doesn't seem to show much interest in making his teammates better, and his leadership skills are non-existent.  Melo has the raw basketball skills to be "The Man," but not the desire or commitment to be "The Man."  What's stopping him from being as good as someone like Durant or Kobe in his prime is that Melo has never committed himself enough to basketball to work on the elements of his game that need improvement. Moreover, when the going gets tough, he has shown no ability to rise to the occasion.  He's a very nice player but far from a great one.