One month ago New York Knicks fans were on cloud nine basking in the glorious ridiculousness of Linsanity. Merchandise was flying off the shelves. Jeremy Lin rookie cards were selling for thousands of dollars of Ebay. Ticket prices on Stubhub were skyrocketing. The celebrities were coming back to Madison Square Garden. Even Spike Lee was showing his face at MSG again, which is always a good barometer for whether or not the Knicks are playing well or not.
Most importantly the Knicks were playing inspired basketball and winning games, seven in a row in fact. Everyone was ecstatic, the Garden was buzzing, and fans were even loudly whispering about contending with Chicago and Miami in the Eastern Conference.
Fast forward one month later and the Knicks are in complete and utter disarray.
As of this afternoon Mike D’Antoni resigned as head coach and the Knicks are on a six-game losing streak. Since the return of all-star shooting guard Carmelo Anthony to the lineup the team is 2-8 and simply can’t seem to find any chemistry. Add in the fact the team tends to vanish in close games down the stretch and the fact there aren’t enough shots to go around in the ego-filled lineup and you have a serious problem. Not to mention an everlasting migraine headache.
The team’s turmoil over the course of the past couple weeks appears to have boiled over with the resignation of D’Antoni. This week rumors circulated that the coach and superstar were butting heads and that Carmelo allegedly asked to be traded. There might not be any truth to that, but one thing is for sure — Anthony simply didn’t fit in the system.
Unfortunately for Knicks fans, Carmelo’s happiness appears to carry more clout than the coach’s ability to win games. Because when Anthony wasn’t on the floor we saw a fun Knicks team that shared the ball, played defense and did what it takes to win. When he returned to action that vibe vanished.
People are going to argue that D’Antoni was never the right fit in New York, but the reality is Carmelo was never a good fit in New York.
One month ago the Big Apple was riding high after the Giants improbable Super Bowl run and practically masturbating in the streets with a serious case of Linsanity. Now everyone’s turned their attention to baseball season and the Rangers.
Oh how fickle this city can be.