Per ESPN’s Ian Begley, New York Knicks‘ Carmelo Anthony was involved in a heated exchange during a particularly low point in the season.
If you’re a New York Knicks fan and wanted any more proof that Carmelo Anthony is on the way out of town well today’s your lucky day.
According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the 10-time All-Star didn’t take this season as well as it seemed.
Begley reports that head coach Jeff Hornacek unleashed an expletive-laden rant at his team at halftime of New York’s embarrassing loss to the “rival” Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn made 14 threes in the first half, so Hornacek’s frustration wasn’t surprising.
The remarkable detail was Anthony’s response. The usually mild-mannered star reportedly responded with “anger and expletives of his own.”
Then you add the Kurt Rambis factor into the mix. Yes, that’s right the defensive coordinator got mixed up in things too. Per Begley, Rambis responded by “calling out Anthony’s effort on defense.”
Rambis may have been trying to assert his authority as the defensive coordinator. New York finished the season 25th in defensive rating. Nice job Kurt.
Anthony’s issues stemmed from a larger problem having to do with the entire organization.
Anthony’s R-rated rant essentially questioned the direction of the entire organization, according to sources.
The 32-year-old has implied that he isn’t interested in returning if the team isn’t going to win next season, and all signs point to a rebuild. It’s what makes the most sense.
Not that much makes sense with this team besides Kristaps Porzingis.