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Carmelo Anthony Compares Cavaliers' Drama to Knicks' Situation

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives the ball past Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, in New York. The Cavaliers won 90-84. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
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Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2016

New York Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony isn't in a great situation at the moment. His Knicks have lost 21 of their last 27 games after a 22-22 start to the season, making this the third straight year in which they'll miss the playoffs.

When asked Wednesday how the Cleveland Cavaliers' drama compares to that of the Knicks', Anthony drew a stark contrast, per ESPN.com's Ohm Youngmisuk

[The Cavaliers'] drama is more comical. It's more getting off of Twitter. Know what I mean? It's always something that they blow up. Him unfollowing the organization. Him shutting his Twitter down. It is always something over there along those lines.

Over here it's drama, a different type of drama over here.

The Knicks fired head coach Derek Fisher in early February, and rumors have swirled about Anthony's future with the team, per ESPN.com's Ian Begley. In addition, team president Phil Jackson is reportedly mulling over the possibility of coaching home games next season, per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne

Cavaliers players did have to deal with the team's unexpected firing of head coach David Blatt in January, but LeBron James has created most of the other drama on Twitter. 

On Monday, the four-time MVP unfollowed the Cavaliers' account, which raised questions of whether James was unhappy with the team. But a source close to James told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com that he did it to prepare for the playoffs. 

He also tweeted some cryptic messages earlier in March, causing the basketball world to question his feelings about the Cavs:

On Wednesday, Bleacher Report's Howard Beck shared comments from James, who said he would "take a pay cut" to play alongside Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade for one or two seasons. 

Regardless of what goes on in cyberspace, James and his Cavaliers are in a much better place than Anthony and the Knicks. That explains why the New York star chuckled at Cleveland's drama, per Youngmisuk

With 12 games left on the Cavaliers' schedule, they are 50-20 with a 1.5-game lead over the second-place Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks, on the other hand, are 28-43, putting them 22.5 games behind the Cavaliers.   

Anthony, who is still in search of his first NBA championship, would surely take the kind of drama the Cavaliers have to endure if it meant competing for a title. Instead, he'll be relegated to a spectator role as the Cavs attempt to win their first title in franchise history this spring.

 

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.

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