Drama in New York Between Carmelo, D’Antoni
Things are going well for the Knicks these days. They thought everything was going great with Lin-sanity taking off and then Carmelo Anthony returning after an injury.
But things are not working out as planned.
New York is sliding quickly, having lost six straight and either of their last ten and are on the outside of the playoffs right not. Now, the blame game is starting to take over in the Big Apple.
Marc Berman of the NY Post reports that the problems between Carmelo Anthony and the team have become big enough that the all-star told a confidant that he preferred to be traded before Thursday’s deadline than remain with the team.
The major problem is that Anthony is not working well with Mike D’Antoni and many wonder if the two can co-exist at this point. Recently, the two met privately in hopes they could work out their differences and get on the same page.
This comes at that same time that Chris Broussard of ESPN.com reports that D’Antoni has lost the locker room with players upset about playing time and questioning his schemes on both offense and defense. Some of the players are trying to run D’Antoni’s system but others are straying from it which is creating a mess.
At practice today, Anthony refuted the report and said he has “no idea” where talk of him wanting to be traded came from.
Steven A. Smith has chimed in on the subject, saying on ESPN Radio that he would “be shocked if D’Antoni was the coach next week”.