The New York Knicks are in a wretched state right now, and escaping this realm of mediocrity may prove to be difficult for president Phil Jackson. New York is currently 5-23, they have lost nine of their last ten games, and are 3-15 in games decided by seven points or less this season. There have been reports of inner-team strife, as superstar Carmelo Anthony and guard Tim Hardaway Jr., reportedly got into an altercation that nearly turned physical as Anthony threatened to “beat up” Hardaway Jr.
Anthony, who is currently sixth in the league in scoring at 23.4 points per game, would’ve dodged these dreary days in New York by signing with the likes of the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls or Los Angeles Lakers this past summer. But despite being courted by several championship contenders, Anthony decided to return to New York in what many assumed to be a move guided by finances, as he will make $124.9 million during his current tenure in a Knicks uniform.
And although the Knicks are a currently deplorable excuse for a basketball team, Anthony insists that he doesn’t regret his decision to spurn the aforementioned ball-clubs for a return to the Big Apple. Via Steve Popper of NorthJersey.com:
So we all know what Anthony must know — that even money can’t can’t gloss over the mistake he made. But he steadfastly insisted as he readied for this trip that he won’t allow regrets to drift into his mind.
“No, if I start doing that and saying what if to myself and second-guessing and questioning myself, it won’t be right,” Anthony said. “For me, mentally, it won’t be right, so I’ll not allow myself to sway toward asking myself what if with this situation or that situation.
“What’s done is done. I kind of don’t look at it, I kind of don’t think about it anymore. That’s in the past for me, just a situation that I had to deal with, that I went through this off-season. As far as now and thinking about that situation, it doesn’t even come close to me thinking about that.”
It has been reported that the 30-year-old Anthony would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to escape the egregious Knicks, but the former Syracuse Orangemen denies that claim. Anthony seems committed for the long-haul in New York and for that he must be applauded. But one can only imagine what may have come to fruition in Dallas, Houston or Chicago if Anthony had chosen to sign with one of them.