I sure hope Carmelo Anthony follows Bernard King on Twitter.
Sorry, I meant "followed."
Following the New York Knicks' 102-95 loss at home against the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals, King took to his Twitter account to offer 'Melo and crew some pointed advice. Or rather, a "friend" of his did (via Frank Isola of the New York Daily News):
Knicks legend and recent Hall of Fame selection Bernard King took Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and the rest of the team to task with a pair of posts on Twitter Monday afternoon.The first one on his Twitter account said “The Knicks MUST move the ball more and take the open shots - must stop heaving up bad shots because the shot clock is running out.”
The second read “if Carmelo's shoulder is hurting that bad - work the paint - drive and dish - become a facilitator - it's a TEAM game.”
The Twitter account for King (@30BernardKing), who does some broadcasting work for both MSG Network and NBA TV, was shut down shortly after the dispatches were posted. According to a published report, the Knicks claim King had allowed a friend to use his handle and that those posts did not reflect his “sentiment.”
King—ahem—I mean King's "friend" wasn't wrong. The Knicks do need to move the ball much better. They had just 15 assists in Game 1 and were dead last in dimes dropped per game during the regular season (19.3).
The second tweet was equally as correct. If it isn't 'Melo's shoulder that is affecting his shot, then it's something. He's rushing his attempts and is shooting just 37.8 percent from the floor for the postseason.
When his shot isn't falling, he needs to pass more. Kind of like he did in Game 6 against the Boston Celtics in the first round. He shot just 30.4 percent from the field, but had five assists, and the Knicks won. He had just one assist in Game 1 against Indiana, and the Knicks lost.
“I feel the shots I’m taking I should still take,” Anthony said leading into Game 2 (via Marc Berman of the New York Post). “I feel those shots I can make. I’m going to keep shooting. We’ll be a much better team [tonight].”
To be fair, no one is asking 'Melo to stop shooting. And the Knicks did outscore the Pacers with him on the floor. To be even more fair, he still needs to pass. And he's not the only one (looking at you, J.R. Smith).
But that's not what truly concerns me.
My nonexistent feathers are ruffled by the notion that either a) King deleted his Twitter account after dropping a healthy dose of truth or b) deleted his Twitter account because he has an aversion to the truth.
The Knicks need Carmelo on the court. In Anthony's 35 minutes, NY outscored IND, 76-69. In 12 minutes without Melo, IND outscored NY, 33-19.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 6, 2013
According to the New York Post's Zach Braziller, King "disagreed" with the posted sentiments, which doesn't make sense because, well, these sentiments do make sense.
If it was, in fact, a "friend" that posted on King's Twitter, then King shouldn't be deleting his account; he should be buying his "friend" dinner. The whole Knicks team should. Whoever the hell it was hit the nail right on the head in their assessment of New York's loss.
So I commend you, anonymous (and potentially fictitious) friend of Bernard King. You clearly know your stuff.
Next time, though, save the much-needed perspective for your own Twitter feed.