Carmelo Anthony on Knicks: ‘We are the laughingstock of the league right now’
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.
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.
Melo, on likely being mocked on TNT on Thurs. "We are the laughingstock of the league right now. It's nothing to hide. We are."—
Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) December 04, 2013
Carmelo Anthony bracing himself for Charles Barkley: "We are the laughingstock of the league right now. Do I like being laughed at? Hell no"—
Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) December 04, 2013