'Melo reportedly at center of Knicks' bickering locker room
UPDATE: How's this for a low point — the Knicks lost their 10th straight, 109-95 to the Spurs on Wednesday night despite the fact San Antonio sat all of its stars.
The New York Knicks' 4-19 record might not be the low point of the struggling franchise.
Bickering on the court and infighting off of it have added to the Knicks' woes, according to ESPN.
According to the report, Knicks second-year guard Tim Hardaway Jr., frustrated during the team's fifth consecutive loss last week against Brooklyn, screamed "Get the rebound!" Knicks star Carmelo Anthony thought the instruction was meant for him and asked Hardaway, while using an expletive, who he thought we was talking to.
Anthony then reportedly threatened to beat up Hardaway after the game in the locker room. The two players did not come to blows, but the incident was just the latest example of the internal strife, according to the report.
"Nobody's taken a swing at anybody, but there's a lot of arguing and cursing each other out after games,'' one source told ESPN.
But it's not just player chemistry that seems to be the problem for the Knicks, who are off to their worst start in franchise history. Players reportedly point to head coach Derek Fisher's insistence on running the triangle offense as another reason for New York's woeful start.
Several players also believe Anthony's reluctance to play team basketball is another issue, voicing their displeasure with the All-Star this weekend, ESPN reports. But for all the reported discord, one thing the players do agree on is their displeasure for the triangle offense, which team president Phil Jackson used to win 11 titles as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.
"Guys are definitely frustrated,'' a source told ESPN. "But some of it's just basketball stuff that the players don't like doing. When somebody's demanding that you make a hard cut, you don't like it because you have to work harder. When someone says it's not OK to throw a bull---- pass, guys don't like it.''