Tweet of the Day: Carmelo Anthony Revisits All-Star Media Day

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The 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend is well behind us, in the rearview mirror as we streak away towards the end of the regular season and the NBA Playoffs.

For some teams the playoffs may be out of reach. The New York Knicks, for instance, are only six games back of the 8th-seed with 25 games remaining. However, with only two wins in their last 10 outings and the team in effective disarray—Raymond Felton facing gun charges, Metta World Peace being released, owner James Dolan receiving threats and J.R. Smith making headlines for pulling Vince Carter’s headband down—the odds of reaching the postseason seem inconceivable.

The signing of forward Earl Clark and the possible addition of 33-year-old swing man Dahntay Jones aren’t exactly game-changing moves either.

At least Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony can enjoy the memories of his All-Star Weekend.

Tweet of the Day: Metta World Peace Announces Contract Buyout with Knicks

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It wasn’t the fairytale anyone was hoping for in New York.

From bad loss to bad loss, player injuries and constant trade rumors, the most dysfunctional organization in the NBA sunk a little lower Saturday.

Knicks forward Metta World Peace tweeted he and his agent were working on a buyout with the team.

 

 

World Peace may have handled this maturely, but his brother, Daniel Artest, did the opposite. And maybe that isn’t a bad thing.

Daniel Artest went on a Knicks killing spree, revealing all the dark secrets over the past six months.

In a 20-tweet attack, Daniel didn’t hold back any punches towards the organization.

Here’s the best from his rant:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel tweeted the cold hard truth.

He revealed the Knicks paid him to keep quiet and not slander the organization. He called Mike Woodson a “trash coach” and James Dolan “the worst owner in sports.”

The Knicks are dysfunctional, from top to bottom there’s organizational flaws at every level.

Before I examine New York’s troubles, please note: They have incredible fans, some of the best in the league. These fans are sometimes very hostile and bitter (understandably so) but they support their team through it all. For that I respect #KnicksNation.

Let’s start at the top, team owner James Dolan. Has anyone told him he’s not the general manager?

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Dolan blocked a deal the Knicks had in place to bring Kyle Lowry to town. Lowry, who’s playing at an All-Star level, was being shopped heavily in December and New York could have got him cheap, but no deal.

He also gave the OK to pay Allan Houston $100 million over six years, yes, that’s way too much money. Don’t forget about the time Dolan offered Knicks legend Patrick Ewing a coaching role, in the D-League.

Then there’s Steve Mills, the actual GM of this team. If you’re not a big basketball fan you probably wouldn’t know that. That’s because he’s Dolan’s puppet and probably has less control over his team than any other GM in pro sports.

Back to Dolan.

He let Jeremy Lin walk, allowed Andrea Bargnani to be part of the team, signed JR Smith after surgery, paid a plethora of executives, coaches and players an excessive amount of money. The list goes on and on.

Don’t forget about Mike Woodson, a fair coach at best who’s stuck in the middle of a terrible situation.

His job has been on life support since December and that shows no sign of changing. There’s reports he’s lost control of the locker room and his players don’t listen to his play calls.

The roster is good on paper, but that carries no weight come game time. So many broken down players who have seen better days go to New York and let their career expire. The worst case scenario, Amar’e Stoudemire, who’s gone from MVP candidate to seventh man in a matter of years. Raymond Felton, once a good starting point guard in Charlotte, now pegged the “worst starting PG in the NBA.” Smith, who had a career year last season, has completely fallen out of sync.

And the future, what future? They hardly have any picks. New York treat’s draft picks like charity. Carmelo Anthony isn’t sticking around, who can blame him. He wants to win and he’s not winning in New York anytime soon.

The expression, ‘light at the end of tunnel’ doesn’t apply here.

It’s unfortunate to see one of the NBA’s most celebrated franchise’s suffer so much.

Very soon there will be a domino effect in New York. Players will keep wanting out, fans will stop watching games and coaches will start losing jobs. It’s only a matter of time.

This ticking time bomb that is the Knicks is about to go off. Anyone who can escape before getting trapped in the rubble would be wise to do so.

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Brett Poirier is a contributor to Sheridan Hoops.

Scotto: Midseason Report Cards for Knicks and Nets

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knicks-vs-brooklyn-nets-at-barclays-centerBefore the season, championship expectations were attached to both the Knicks and the Nets.

The Knicks were coming off the team’s first season with at least 50 or more wins and a trip to the Eastern Conference semifinals since the 1999-2000 campaign, when Jeff Van Gundy patrolled the sidelines, Patrick Ewing wrapped up his final season in New York and Allan Houston was in the prime of his career.

The Nets were coming off their first trip to the playoffs in six years and considered the winners of the offseason after landing future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, along with Jason Terry, in a blockbuster trade with the Celtics.

However, neither team has lived up to the hype with the All-Star break now upon us.

With that in mind, it’s time to break down the season into four sections for both teams: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and The Future.

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Scotto: Woodson Could be Fired by All-Star Break, Sources Say – UPDATED

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Mike Woodson and several assistant coaches on his staff fear they will be fired by the All-Star break, multiple league sources tell SheridanHoops.com.

Herb Williams is the leading candidate to replace Woodson on an interim basis for the remainder of the season as The Bergen Record first reported.

Sources say the All-Star break would be the ideal time for the Knicks to make a midseason change, if they elect to do so. The move would allow a new assistant coaching staff and Williams to become acclimated with each other while the team is off from Feb. 13-18.

On Friday, the Knicks crushed the Nuggets 117-90. On Sunday, the Knicks took a step back and fell to the Thunder 112-100.

New York returns home Wednesday to face Sacramento in the team’s final game before the All-Star break. Knicks management will then determine whether a new voice is needed to lead the team going forward after an underwhelming first half of the season.

SH Blog: Jameer Nelson fined for “Sam Cassell Dance”; Patrick Beverley to return Monday

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First up, there was a small but potentially significant trade today, with the Bulls dealing Marquis Teague to Brooklyn for Tornike Shengelia. I wrote up the report on it, so go read it and then tell me whether or not I’m an idiot. My Twitter link is at the end of this article. Seriously, do it.