Despite leading by eight points at the end of the 3rd quarter, the Knicks managed to let things slip away down the stretch tonight, and suffered a brutal loss to the woeful Pistons.
What’s perhaps more disturbing is that their newly acquired “star” Forward, Carmelo Anthony, was visibly disinterested and sullen throughout the second half. Anthony managed just six points on 2-for-12 shooting, contributed a -4 plus/minus, and forced shots during crunch-time.
But that was just half the story as Newsday’s Alan Hahn noted during a late-game New York timeout that Anthony “[n]ever got off the bench, stayed in his seat, completely expressionless.”
That Marbury-like behavior, and the fact that Anthony failed to get back on defense on several critical late-game Piston possessions is a serious cause for concern. An NBA star’s offensive ineptitude — however rare — should always be wholly irrelevant to his focus, determination, and will to play hard on both ends of the floor.
That this is even an issue just 14 games into his Knick tenure is no less shocking than it is worrisome.
The Knicks play at home on Sunday at 4:00pm against the Milwaukee Bucks.