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.