After a brutal 23 point loss to the Brooklyn Nets on a Martin Luther King Day matinee, the New York Knicks — and especially Carmelo Anthony — must come to this realization: to find the right answers they have to understand the right problems. If they don’t figure out how to accept the reality of their problems — and there are many — then they will never be able to overcome them.
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The first time the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets met this season back in Dec. 5, both teams were a total mess as they failed to meet expectations in monumental fashion. The Nets proved to be the bigger mess at the time, suffering a humiliating 113-83 loss on their own home floor.
Just a little over a month later, not much has changed in the sense that both are still trying to find a way to reach the .500 mark. The Nets (17-22), at least, are starting to show some sense of consistency: they are an impressive 7-1 in January and holding opponents to 92.5 points. On Martin Luther King Jr. day, the New York teams met for the second time this season and the Nets flipped the script on the Knicks for an impressive 103-80 blowout win in MSG.
The Nets have the league’s highest payroll, while the Knicks rank second.
The combined exorbitant payroll has produced a deflating 18-38 record and proven any championship aspirations were merely a pipe dream.
Ironically, speaking of the pipe, J.R. Smith was the first Knick to panic back when the team was only 3-8 at the time. Now, it appears Smith’s anxiety was warranted.
Thanks to injuries, a lack of chemistry and a subsequent lack of identity, the outlook for both teams is bleak for the rest of this season and the following season, too.
Therefore, it’s time for both organizations to make a critical decision – it’s time to begin rebuilding each roster.
Brain-twister for you today, folks.
Go back to the start of the 2005-06 regular season, and try to name a superstar player who has represented the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. Your answer cannot include LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo or Ray Allen.
It’s OK. Keep thinking …
Chris Sheridan once told me that the two are actually fairly friendly acquaintances in person (although they run hot and cold-CS), so maybe it’s all some sort of an inside joke. Sometimes, though, that’s hard to believe when you see some of the things Isola says about the guy. It’s not exactly clear what the history is between the two and Berman has never responded publicly to anything Isola has said about him, but that hasn’t stopped Isola from taking jabs at him at any chance he gets, and the trend continued on Wednesday.
The New York Knicks were up by two points in a tightly contested overtime game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Carmelo Anthony missed a tough shot with 16 seconds left, but Tyson Chandler, who returned for the first time since suffering a fractured leg in early November, grabbed the offensive rebound and dished out to Andrea Bargnani. From there, Bargnani could have held onto the ball or pass it off to a teammate and force the Bucks to commit a foul. Instead, he shocked everyone and shot a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left on the clock and missed. The Bucks secured the rebound and managed to send the game to a double overtime.