Throughout a remarkably frustrating season for the New York Knicks, Anthony has pretty much kept his cool. He hasn’t questioned management or ownership, thrown any teammates under the bus or purposely extended the narrative about his future.
Anthony also has played very well – nearly as well as he did last season, when the Knicks won 54 games and he was a legitimate MVP candidate. His points (26.3 ppg) are down, but so are his shots (20.8). His shooting percentage is practically the same, his assists, blocks and steals are up slightly, and he is averaging a career-high 8.8 rebounds.
But on the final day of 2013, Anthony may have finally given in to the burden of trying to carry a team that is playing well short of its expectations.
On Tuesday afternoon, Melo tweeted about a giveaway of a couple of pairs of his newest sneakers. One of his tweeps responded that he would rather have a title than a pair of sneakers.
Follower @_Kingsleyy5 wrote, “how about you win a ring you f**king kill me man rooting for you all the f**king time annd you always disappoint me”
To which Anthony responded, “I didn’t ask for your glazed donut face ass to root for me anyway!!!!”
Currently nursing a sprainked ankle, Anthony came become a free agent at the end of the season if he opts out of the final year of his contract, valued at $23.3 million. He is in his third full season with the Knicks and has won one playoff series.
Injuries and a mismatched roster have the Knicks at 9-21, tied with the lowly Philadelphia 76ers for 13th in the awful Eastern Conference. They are just three games out of the final playoff spot but begin the dreaded “Texas Triangle” road trip on Thursday at San Antonio.