Carmelo Anthony to get shut down due to knee injury?

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Carmelo Anthony has tried to play through his knee injury for the last week or two, but admitted Thursday that the pain is getting to him, and that people close to him are encouraging him to shut it down for at least a few weeks.

It had previously been reported that Melo might require surgery, but Anthony has made it clear that he will not do this unless he feels it is absolutely necessary.

Melo has always been a bit reckless when it comes to injuries— he always tries to avoid medical treatment, and allowed excess fluid in his knee to tank his performance for a couple weeks a couple seasons ago because he was “scared of needles.” Knicks doctors have told Melo that if he plays through this knee injury, it “won’t get worse, but it won’t get better.” After another setback in the game against Dallas on Tuesday, it looks like they might have been wrong about it not getting worse.

Melo definitely needs rest. And he probably needs surgery. The Knicks are NOT going anywhere this season, so he should probably get the surgery now, rather than get it in May or June (or not get it at all, or try to skip it and then need it next November) and throw away NEXT season as well in the process. Hopefully the Knicks (and Anthony) go about this the intelligent way.

On the flip side, it’s hard to get new stars to come team up with injured stars; we saw that with Derrick Rose this offseason. The Knicks might feel that they need to be respectable and need Melo to be healthy to have a shot at landing guys such as Marc Gasol this summer.

As things stand, Melo is day-to-day, questionable for every game, deciding whether or not to play based on how he feels on gameday. ESPN has some more details on the story.

-Tommy Rothman

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JR Smith is jealous of Lou Williams’ 2 girlfriends

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JR Smith is on the bottom-feeding Knicks, while Lou Williams is on the conference-leading Raptors.

But that’s not why JR is jealous, of course.

There have been rumors, corroborated by many photographs (including the one below), that Williams has TWO girlfriends.

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JR Smith didn’t hide his envy/appreciation.

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And you guys thought JR had somebody running his twitter for him…

Carmelo Anthony reportedly threatens, curses out Tim Hardaway as Knicks chemistry begins to unravel

New York Knicks vs Los Angeles LakersAs the losses pile up, the Knicks are starting to lose their grip

After Tim Hardaway yelled at Carmelo Anthony to grab a rebound in the Knicks’ loss to Brooklyn last week, Anthony reportedly screamed at Hardaway, asking him “who the f***” he thought he was talking to, and threatening to beat his ass up in the locker room after the game. In an ugly report, ESPN’s Chris Broussard also details how several Knicks are frustrated with Anthony, Derek Fisher, and the triangle offense, and how trades could be on the way, especially when December 15th arrives, and players who signed new contracts over the summer are eligible to be moved. You can read Broussard’s entire report here, although it should be noted that it is often best to take his reports with at least a grain of salt. -Tommy Rothman

One year later, the Angry Knicks Fan is still angry

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The roof didn’t come off for Billy “Eugene” Faison during one of his four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, or at any other point during his 17 years (and counting) in the army. No, Billy’s lid popped on a cold December day in Indiana, as he watched the Knicks get absolutely decimated by a shorthanded Celtics team.

That 41-point beatdown came on December 8, 2013, one year ago today. The game was a rout from the start, arguably the worst showing in a season full of lackluster efforts for the Knicks. Nearly all Knicks fans were upset… but very few got as angry as Billy, whose tirade (which you can watch below, although be advised of the NSFW language) quickly went viral.

“I was just ranting like I always do,” Billy The Angry Knicks Fan told me when I reached out to him on the anniversary of his rant, “My homie who was behind me is actually a Boston fan. And truth be told, I had no idea I was being filmed til a few moments into the video.”

“They know I’m like this all the time, so Chanci always said he was gonna sneak one on me, so he did.”

Chanci, Billy’s friend and the man who filmed the video, provides a priceless, calm, running commentary which serves as the backup vocals to Billy’s rage.

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As for the Knicks gear he buried in the snow (GIF above), Billy has yet to have a change of heart:

“Haven’t worn the shirt, hat or shoes since…I don’t know where the shirt and hat are, shoes are in the closet. Haven’t worn Knicks apparel since.”

The Knicks started turning things around about a month after Billy’s outburst, and salvaged a scrap of dignity with a strong second half, although they fell just short of the playoffs. But the Knicks are off to their worst start in franchise history this season, and Billy is as angry as ever:

“As a fan it looks like we are going through the motions, and this team on a nightly basis doesn’t believe they can win any game.”

“Basically it looks like the Knicks just go out there collecting a check,” said Billy, who cited JR Smith, Tim Hardaway Junior, and General Manager Steve Mills as the most frequent inducers of his wrath, while sparing the universally-admired Pablo Prigioni.

So here we are on December 8, 2014. Billy wasn’t a one-hit wonder. He still posts his angry thoughts on his Youtube channel, Facebook page, and Twitter. While many view his work as pure comedy, he raises many fair points, and as we celebrate the one year anniversary of his explosion, it’s frustrating to see that the Knicks, at least in the standings, are in an even worse place than they were a year ago.

-Tommy Rothman

Knicks GIF: Amar’e Stoudemire posterizes Anderson Varejao

This is vintage Amar’e

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Coincidentally, it’s also vintage Anderson Varejao.

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Wade wore it better, though.

Knicks break franchise record with loss

450128591_crop_exactIt’s bad. It’s really bad. And now, it’s historically bad.

After Thursday night’s 90-87 loss to Cleveland, the Knicks are 4-16, which is now the worst 20-game start in the history of the franchise. The Knicks’ worst record for a single season is 23-59, which they “accomplished” twice, but at this pace, they will finish at 16-66.

However, nearly all of their losses have been close games, most of them being by 7 seconds points or less. The team hasn’t looked pathetic for the most part. But the record most certainly does, and that’s what counts.

-Tommy Rothman

Joey Crawford is at his worst (VINE)

Damnit Joey, this isn’t about you!

Well, now it is.

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