The drama and rumors heading into the trade deadline didn’t result in any deals from the New York Knicks, leading to more questions regarding the team’s uncertain future.
The big names were all on the block for the New York Knicks, but to the surprise of many nothing happened. The months leading up to Feb. 23 were filled with team president Phil Jackson openly shopping All-Star Carmelo Anthony to any team willing to listen.
After several bouts publicly and via twitter Anthony is still somehow a member of the Knicks.
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Anthony gave his thoughts to reporters on if he expected to remain a Knick and his thoughts on the team’s future.
“Not now. To be honest with you, no, I think they were kind of planning on a trade on the trade deadline. Whether they were trying to make moves, I think that was one plan. So now it’s they’ve got to get back to the drawing board and come up with another plan about the future of this team.”
The Olympic gold medalist would go on to vent his feelings regarding the mystery leading up to the trade deadline and it’s effect on the team.
“Yeah, I mean, nobody likes to be in limbo, We all want to know kind of what’s going on, especially when it’s involving you. But that’s not the way it is in sports. I don’t think I’m the only one that’s going through that or feeling that way. I think there’s other players who feel the same way, that they want to be involved — not involved, but at least up to date with what’s going on. I feel like I’m kind of up to date as far as when it comes to me what’s going on.”
Anthony played well the last few games leading into his All-Star replacement selection for Kevin Love. His impact on the city is still visible in wins and losses creating attention that is very helpful for the team’s young star Kristaps Porzingis.
Porzingis has been vocal in keeping Anthony and continuing to develop the front court with rookie center Willy Hernangomez. The offseason could yield more trade talk for Anthony, especially with the Knicks opponent Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Carmelo: “The trade deadline has come and gone and me talking about it has come and gone too.”
The other name spoke about heavily was Derrick Rose possibly heading to the Minnesota Timberwolves for point guard Ricky Rubio.
The deal was apparently pulled off the table by the T’Wolves in the final hour, leaving Knicks fans and Rose with plenty of criticism as he shared with the media. The former league MVP was very candid about his thoughts on the team offensive schemes.
“It’s a different offense, As a point guard, you’re always in the corner and just got to play off reads and play that way. It’s new for everybody here. I get all my points off random baskets. Unless you see it go to the post, all the other stuff is just random basketball.”
At the finish line, league sources say, New York was prepared to trade Derrick Rose for Ricky Rubio straight up. But the Wolves balked.
The way Rose talks about the team’s offense leaves little reason to believe he will re-sign with the Knicks during the offseason. His backup, Brandon Jennings, is also a free agent this summer and will probably have the same fate, as both will look to raise their stock before season’s end.
The Knicks returned to the court in Cleveland to continue their losing ways, falling to LeBron James and Co.,119-104. Porzingis went down with an injury in the defeat, while guard Courtney Lee was on the receiving end of an amazing block from James.
The uncertainty and bewilderment on the faces of the Knicks’ players seemed too familiar and probably sneak peek of the team’s last 24 games. The team is still in search of an identity and not one person in the organization has a clue on how to fix it.
Joakim Noah, healthy or not, will continue to be a source of criticism because of his contract, while head coach Jeff Hornacek continues to run an offense that makes no one comfortable.
Jackson will continue to run the team without James Dolan’s assistance and handle the free agency fallout from his unpopular actions this season regarding Anthony.