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The New York Knicks are putting Stephen A. Smith through the wringer this week so he has no time for this Carmelo Anthony hypothetical.

Stephen A. Smith is not having a great week so far. The diehard New York Knicks fan is in agony after his beloved team whiffed on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

He was already standing near the edge when one caller to his radio show suggested bringing Carmelo Anthony to Madison Square Garden. Stephen A. Smith wasn’t having any of that.

“One more thing,” the caller said. “I think you’re forgetting that Carmelo Anthony is not signed with a team right now.”

“Oh, go to hell!” Smith quickly interjected.

First off, before we get to Stephen A., let’s just address Melo. The likelihood of Anthony reuniting with the Knicks is quite low. The former superstar was reported to be interested in finishing his career with the Knicks, but there’s no indication that the feeling is mutual.

Back to Stephen A. Smith…Obviously, the caller was just looking to troll Smith and get him going. He has been having a difficult time dealing with the Brooklyn Nets winning free agency and taking hold of New York.

This guy is going through some stuff, huh? Smith is definitely a Knicks fan at heart, but this has to be an act to a certain degree. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying the meltdown, but I can’t help but feel like he is milking this anguish for all it’s worth.

Although the Knicks were left without a legitimate star after the Kristaps Porzingis trade, the team’s pivot to signing veterans to short-term, low-risk contracts was a welcome sight.

The Knicks are maintaining their current flexibility, but kicking the can down the road comes with obvious risks—like whiffing on all the marquee names in free agency.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.