Carmelo Anthony wasn’t in the starting lineup or rotation for the New York Knicks in today’s blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Even when Anthony has been in the lineup, New York hasn’t been very competitive, and now sit 10 games under .500. The Knicks need Anthony in order to have a shot at winning any of their games the remainder of the season, however, if he leaves for free agency following this season, today’s loss may be a sign of things to come for New York.
There are plenty of rumors swirling regarding Anthony ditching the Knicks for a chance at winning a ring in Los Angeles while playing with Kobe Bryant on the Los Angeles Lakers. Whether or not that will end up happening is yet to be determined, but the season the Knicks are having to this point hasn’t given Anthony much of a reason to need to stay with New York.
The Knicks need to immediately start thinking of ways to improve their team in order to entice Anthony to want to stay. Ever since he arrived in New York, there has been a buzz surrounding the team. Following the Knicks’ great season last year, there were high hopes in New York prior to the start of this season. Unfortunately for New York, it hasn’t worked out and that may cost them Anthony at the end of the season.
The Knicks aren’t exactly financially stable at this point, and that may prevent them from bringing in the help Anthony and company need in order to compete for a NBA championship. If you’re a fan of the Knicks, you better enjoy Anthony while you still can, because by the looks of things, he won’t be there next season.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.