New York Knicks News Mix, 3/31/17: Road vs. Miami, Bernard King Talks Carmelo Anthony, Pippen Blames Phil
Mar 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots over Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris (13) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks visit the Miami Heat on Friday in the second half of a home-and-home while Carmelo Anthony makes news off the court.

  • New York Knicks (28-47)
  • Miami Heat (37-38)
  • Friday, March 31, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida

There’s a sharp contrast between the two franchises who will face off at the American Airlines Arena on Friday night. The Miami Heat are run like a well-oiled machine while the New York Knicks are an absolute dumpster fire. Carmelo Anthony is in the middle of it all.

Anthony had a rough night (nine points on 12 shots) in Wednesday’s loss at home in the first half of this home-and-home set. He’ll try and rebound with a good performance despite having his role reduced with only seven games remaining in the season.

The Knicks shot 37.0 percent from the field on Wednesday and made just five of their 25 three-point attempts. Miami is one of the best defensives in the league. New York will have trouble matching that intensity on the road.

Former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen shocked the NBA world when he criticized his former coach, Phil Jackson, for the Knicks failures during his time as president.

While appearing on ESPN’s “The Jump” Pippen said that Jackson “hasn’t put the right pieces on the floor” and admitted it was time for his old coach to go.

As usual, Carmelo Anthony was in the news too. Legendary former Knick Bernard King spoke about how Anthony’s time in New York has been marred by inconsistency, controversy, and mediocre teammates.

King was at the Garden so the fans could pay homage to his 1983-84 team. Kristaps Porzingis garnered some praise from another member of that squad. The head coach, Hubie Brown.

Brown praised the unicorn’s game while also suggesting some areas for improvement. Particularly his post-up game.

You’ve heard a lot of talk about how the Knicks should be tanking recently, but what do we really know about it?

ESNY’s Charles Hart talked about a way New York can effectively use this “strategy” while developing their young players.

Some of Carmelo Anthony’s recent comments suggests that he’s confused about where he fits in on this team.

ESNY’s Robbie Stratakos says that’s a result of the way the dysfunctional organization operates.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.