Things definitely haven’t worked out for Carmelo Anthony thus far. The Knicks haven’t exactly been world beaters since he arrived, he’s had to admit that he’s struggling with the Linification of the offense, and now we get word that management isn’t listening to him when it comes to the team.
All three of these issues presumably trouble Anthony, but that last issue, at least on one occasion, reportedly “hurt” him. This particular occasion is when the organization decided to sign J.R. Smith despite him giving the thumbs down to the idea.
Contrary to popular belief, Anthony was leery of the Knicks bringing in his former Denver teammate three weeks ago and gave a thumbs down to upper management, according to a person close to the Knicks superstar.
Publicly, Anthony said all the right things about Smith, who was fined $25,000 by the NBA Saturday for tweeting a photo of a partially naked woman in his Milwaukee hotel room.
A couple of weeks before the signing, Anthony was asked if the Knicks should sign his former teammate who has a thuggish reputation. Anthony and Smith share the same agent, Leon Rose.
“If it happens, it happens and I’ll be happy,” Anthony said publicly before the signing.
But, according to the source, Anthony was not gung-ho and was “hurt’’ Knicks upper management tossed his advice out the window.
In typical Knicks form, they go out and try to build a team to compete and create a mess for themselves. We don’t know if Melo will be right when it’s all said and done, but it sure is looking like he will be.
Don’t be surprised if someone or some people are shipped out of New York.