Harris DeckerWe learned something very important about the Knicks on Thursday.
We learned that the fans have officially turned… on Carmelo Anthony.
All season, the Knicks superstar had garnered support, even while the team was playing horribly. Now, the fans have turned and their target is Anthony. Here are the results of our poll, showing that over 50 percent of TKB readers want GM Steve Mills to look to trade anyone and everyone, including Anthony.
I don’t think that Knicks fans blame Anthony. After all, how can you blame a guy that is playing 40 minutes a night, is third in the league in scoring per game and is hitting the boards harder than at any point in his career?
What you can do is look past the player and into the system. The Knicks with Anthony have proven that they can’t win with a supporting cast and this year, they’re proving that they can’t win without one. Anthony has been the entire team this year and that’s just not working for anyone. Especially Anthony.
The Knicks won’t have cap space for a few seasons unless they start to clean house. If they were able to trade Anthony and Tyson Chandler, it would not only clear up cap space but likely bring back draft picks, something that the Knicks have been trading away at an alarming pace. Chandler would likely be a hot commodity. He’s a veteran center who can play great defense in the right system. Anthony would obviously be a huge addition to any team and he would also have Mills fielding questions from all over the league.
53 percent of Knicks fans believe that the team needs to explore trading everyone and anyone, including Anthony and I’m finally on board. It didn’t seem like things could get much worse but now is the time. With the trading deadline fast approaching, it seems inevitable that the Knicks have to look into dealing the entire team. I’d be more than happy heading into the offseason $35 million lighter and with one more contract expiring in 2014-15.
The fans have spoken. Will Mills react?