Carmelo Anthony: “Losing Is Just Becoming Unacceptable”
After beating the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic by an average of 34 points, most thought the New York Knicks had finally turned the corner. Unfortunately, the Knicks have reverted back to their old ways and have lost two straight games — including a 41-point home loss to the Celtics on Sunday.
Following the 15-point loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, Carmelo Anthony was tired of using the word “embarrassment” to describe these losses. Instead, the six-time All-Star said that “losing is just becoming unacceptable” and hopes his teammates feel the same way via New York Times’ Scott Cacciola:
“I don’t want to keep using ‘embarrasment,’” Carmelo Anthony said, explaining that he had already used the word too often this season. “But right now, the losing is just becoming unacceptable. Hopefully, everybody feels like that. I can’t be the only one that’s feeling like that.”
With head coach Mike Woodson’s seat getting hotter with each loss and rumors that he has already decided to leave the Knicks at the end of the season, Anthony is remaining positive that the Knicks will be able to turn it around:
“I don’t know how to fake the funk. I’m a real straightforward person. So yes, I am remaining positive. Losing hurts, but I will remain positive.”
With Tyson Chandler expected to return from his injury by the end of the month, the entire team is hoping that his defensive presence will help turn the season around. However, the biggest challenge will always be Anthony’s balance as a scorer and facilitator. While everyone is preaching ball movement, his teammates have been extremely inconsistent and it has forced Carmelo to take the game into his own hands.
Despite the poor start, the Knicks are very fortunate that the rest of the Eastern Conference is playing poorly as well. With only three teams above the .500 mark, there is still the opportunity for New York to turn the season around.
In 20 games, Anthony is averaging 25.4 points and 9.6 rebounds.