NEW YORK -- There’s a New York Knicks fan out there who lives and dies with the team, a fan who's been doing much more dying than living with this group.
Carmelo Anthony has a message for that fan.
“I feel what the fans are feeling,” Anthony said after the Knicks fell to 5-26 following a Christmas Day loss to the Wizards.
"The fans are dying, we’re dying. We’re out there, we’re not producing. We didn’t expect, I didn’t expect to be sitting at 5-26," he said. "So as much as I feel for the fans, I feel for us going through it, too. I don’t expect nobody to feel sorry for us, I don’t expect nobody to feel sorry for me."
The ones to feel sorry for here are the fans who pay attention to this team. They’re investing time (and money) in a team that has lost 16 of 17 games. A team that has had separate losing streaks of six and 10 games. A team that has set a franchise record for consecutive home losses (eight) in a single season.
Even Anthony seems fed up with the inconsistency.
“We have spurts throughout the course of the game where we are showing something, showing that we’re getting it and we’re focused and we have the energy to go out and do it,” Anthony said. “But there are times where we show that we’re not even out there on the basketball court. ... We gotta start trying to put a whole game together.”
That certainly didn’t happen Christmas Day.
The Wizards jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first quarter by hitting their first four shots. They had 34 points -- and an 11-point lead -- by the end of the quarter.
The Knicks trailed by as many as 22 and never seriously threatened Washington in the game -- except when Quincy Acy went after John Wall with 5:31 to play. That was the only time this Knicks team showed much fight.
“There are times throughout the course of the game where it seems like we’re making strides and getting better,” Anthony said. “And then there are times where it feels like we’re not.”
Not exactly what Knicks fans want to hear about a team that Anthony and president Phil Jackson thought had enough talent to make the playoffs when the season started.
Instead, the Knicks have the most losses in the NBA and are nine games back of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Jackson tried to give Knicks fans a reason to be optimistic when he tweeted on Christmas Eve that 2015 would be better than 2014.
Anthony said Thursday he hadn’t seen the tweet because he doesn’t spend much time on Twitter these days.
But he rightfully pointed out that Jackson doesn’t have much time between now and next year to make things better.
“2015 is in a couple of days,” he said.
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