The loss puts the Knicks 6.5 games behind the Charlotte Bobcats for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and just a half game ahead of the Boston Celtics, a team some would argue isn’t even trying to win.
'At this point, man, I’m kind of running out of comments to talk to you guys about,' Anthony said. 'It seemed like it’s becoming repetition, saying the same thing over and over. We got to try to find something else to talk about.'
Yeah, I don’t think Knicks fans are ready to change the subject, Melo.
Anthony might be ready to call it a year, but Knicks writers the Internet over are just beginning to parse what the whole thing means.
Over at Grantland, netw3rk offered up one of the more concise, cogent expositions yet for just how excruciating this season has been.
The Knicks do not just lose, they explore the concept of losing. They are four games out of a playoff spot in the worst Eastern Conference in history. They have no draft pick in the best draft in a decade. Their coach either purposefully designed the worst possible defensive scheme for his team’s personnel, or his team just doesn’t listen to him. Their best player is entering unrestricted agency, and the team’s best hope for re-signing him is that perhaps he cares more about money than winning. The starting point guard very well may go to jail.
That pretty much sums it up.
Rest assured, Berman and the rest of the beat reporters aren’t going to pack it in. They have a job to do, after all, however repetitive and awkward and soul crushing it might be.
It’s hard to remember any one team offering such a vast disparity between promise and performance than these Knicks. And they still have a full quarter of the slate left to play.
How much worse can it get? Stay tuned.