Report: Carmelo Anthony feels betrayed by Phil Jackson drafting Kristaps Porzingis
New York, of course, went 17-65.
Melo, reportedly, has not.
Stephen A. Smith of ESPN said Friday on Mad Dog Sports Radio on Melo’s reaction to the Knicks’ draft:
Melo re-signed with a losing, aging, capped-out team. What did he expect?
If Jackson made any promises about a miracle turnaround, Melo was foolish for believing them.
The Knicks will have cap space, and it’s possible they land a second star who pushes them into contention. But that’s so unlikely.
Trying for a quick fix when one isn’t present would just worsen the problem. There was nobody to draft at No. 4 whom the Knicks could have reasonably expected would change their fortunes next year. Rookies need time to develop.
I understand Melo’s impatience. There’s a shelf-life on his playing career. But he put himself in this position. Any reasonable person could see the Knicks bottoming out, and Jackson thinking long-term is the best thing that could have happened to the franchise.
My advice to Melo: Enjoy your money. That’s what you chose. And, if you’re still upset, talk to the Knicks about a trade. I’m not sure how keen Jackson is on keeping a declining and overpaid 31-year-old, anyway – especially if he’s furious and livid.