For the New York Knicks, this season was going to mark the beginning of something special, or at the very least, a return to the land of league-wide relevance.
Barely three months into the season, it’s safe to say that the high-priced overhaul spearheaded by team president Phil Jackson is an undeniable disaster. But rather than cutting ties with one of the newcomers or adding some help ahead of next month’s trade deadline, the Knicks are shopping their superstar, and it looks like Carmelo Anthony’s time in New York is about to come to a very sudden end.
Unbelievably, New York’s ongoing free-fall probably wouldn’t have led the Knicks to actively shop Anthony if he hadn’t chosen to do a little leisurely reading. Last week, Anthony voiced his displeasure over an article written by columnist and Jackson biographer Charley Rosen that essentially concluded that it was time for the Knicks to get rid of the nine-time all-star.
Like an angry adolescent, Jackson needlessly came to the aid of his confidant, deciding that Anthony’s criticism somehow meant that he suddenly wanted out. Despite restating his desire to remain in New York while meeting with The Zen Master, trade-related rumors have been hogging the headlines ever since.
After meeting with Jackson to restate his commitment to the Knicks, Anthony repeated the process with the media.
“I’m committed. I don’t have to prove that to anybody,” said Anthony. “I don’t think I have to keep saying that. I don’t think I have to keep talking about that. I know for a fact that people see that.”
During his first three years in New York, Anthony delivered a trio of consecutive playoff appearances, however, the Knicks have been couch surfing come playoff time in each of the last three years, and Anthony has become a somewhat stationary jump-shooter who takes too many shots and plays a ton of one-on-one basketball while defensively contributing very little.
Last Friday’s win over the Charlotte Hornets painted a fairly accurate picture of the player Anthony is today. While he scored a team-high 18 points in the victory, Anthony shot a nauseating 8-26 from the field and a useless 1-7 from long-range. His 11 rebounds—all defensive, nearly doubled his average of 6.2 boards per game, but Anthony also finished without a single assist, no steals, and only one block while playing shaky defense and hearing it from the home crowd.
That’s the player that the Knicks re-signed to a monster, five-year contract extension in the summer of 2014. In terms of production, the 22.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game that Anthony is currently averaging aren’t far from his career marks of 24.8 points and 6.8 rebounds a night. And as we saw during Sunday’s four-overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks in which he finished with a season-high 45 points and scored the game-tying bucket at the end of regulation, Anthony can still carry this team.
But trading Anthony suddenly seems to be the only thing that Jackson’s Knicks are willing to do to turn things around. Logistically, dealing Anthony to a team he’d actually waive his no-trade clause for won’t be easy, and a litany of variables make it almost impossible for the Knicks to get fair market value for their resident superstar.
While Anthony is one of only three players to have a no-trade clause that allows him to veto any potential deal, he admitted that he’d consider leaving if the Knicks want to move on.
“I think it will be more on the front office,” said Anthony. “I have the power, but still I would talk to them. We would be in communication if they feel like they want to go in a different direction, they want to start rebuilding for the future. If they tell me they want to scrap this whole thing, yeah, I have to consider it.”
So far, New York has failed to talk any team into trading for Anthony—a fact that says a lot about his value beyond the five boroughs. The Cleveland Cavaliers were nowhere near interested in a Anthony for Kevin Love swap, the L.A. Clippers aren’t willing to part with a single member of their three-headed monster, and the Boston Celtics took the time to tell the Knicks that they’re not interested before an offer was even made.
The potential three-team deal that the Clippers are reportedly attempting to orchestrate is the only rumored option that might appeal to Anthony—and thus far, the best chance the Knicks have to get a player who’d actually help them now. Unfortunately, at worst, Anthony is only part of the problem, and if the Knicks really want to move forward, saying goodbye to both Anthony and Jackson is the only way.
Former NBA Player Sebastian Telfair Convicted in Gun Case, Faces 15 Years in Prison
Former NBA player and once highly touted young prospect Sebastian Telfair has been convicted of possessing a firearm and could face up to 15 years in prison, according to TMZ Sports.
Telfair, 33, was busted back in June 2017 in Brooklyn, New York after cops found several weapons in his possession during a traffic stop.
Telfair, a high school phenom, played for the Boston Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors, and Phoenix Suns, among others, throughout his 12 seasons in the NBA, but many believe that he never reached his full potential.
Telfair plead not guilty and tried to fight back the charges, but a jury found him guilty on Wednesday of felony criminal possession of a weapon.
Telfair, who could face up to 15 years in prison, is scheduled back in court in June for sentencing.
Sports Reporter Suing Kings’ Luke Walton for Sexual Assault Allegations
Sacramento Kings new head coach Luke Walton is already in the news, but for all the wrong reasons, and he has hired attorney Mark Baute to defend him against the allegations of sexual battery made by sports reporter Kelly Tennant, who is suing Walton.
According to TMZ Sports, Walton and his legal team are blasting the accuser, and Baute issued the following statement;
“Luke Walton retained me to defend him against these baseless allegations,” Baute said.
“The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, & her claim is not credible. We intend to prove this in a courtroom.”
According to the suit, Tennant, who worked as a reporter for Spectrum SportsNet and SportsNet LA, claims that while Walton was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, he asked her to come and meet him at the Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, California, to drop off a book she had published.
Tennant says that she asked Walton to write the forward in her book due to a business relationship that the two had had for several years.
Upon arriving at Walton’s hote, he conviced her to come up to his room so that the two could “catch up” and upon arriving in his room Walton pinned her to the bed and placed his hips and legs over her body, forcing kisses on her neck, face, and chest.
Tennant claims that she screamed for him to stop and attempted to break free, but Walton held her down, groped her breasts and groin, and rubbed his erection on her leg.
Tennant claims she was “in shock and fear. She was afraid she was about to be raped,” the suit states.
Additionally, Tennant claims that when Walton finally stopped and released her he escorted her out of the hotel room as if nothing ever happened and she claims that “He smiled, laughed again and made the disturbing statement, ‘Good to see you,'”
The disturbing behavior allegedly continued while Walton was the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers back in May 2017, and Tennant claims that Walton once greeted her by uttering “vulgar, guttural sounds at her” and said, “mmmm … you’re killing me in that dress.”
The Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Sacramento Kings all stated that they had no knowledge of the alleged incident during Walton’s tenure.
NBA 2K League Announces Livestreaming Partnership with Twitch
Last week, the NBA 2K League officially announced a partnership with Twitch that makes the popular streaming platform the exclusive broadcaster for all league games.
Twitch now will be listed as the official livestreaming partner of the NBA 2K League, as well as one of the league’s founding partners, via the new deal.
Earlier in April, the NBA 2K League broadcasted it’s inaugural draft live on Twitch streams, an indicator that the two sides were working towards a more permanent working relationship.
The multi-year partnership deal includes all 199 potential games in the NBA 2K League season and the format includes weekly head to head matches, 3 regular season tournaments, a playoff bracket, and the finals.
Additionally, Twitch will assist in developing interactive custom overlays for use in the NBA 2K League broadcast, including other fan engagement initiatives and projects.
“This is a groundbreaking partnership for the NBA 2K League” NBA 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue said.
“Twitch shares our innovative spirit and commitment to putting the gaming community first, and is the ideal home to provide our passionate 2K, NBA, and esports fans around the world with the opportunity to catch all the excitement of our inaugural season.”
Twith has been in the business of partnerships such as these, as they reportedly paid $90 million for the exclusive broadcast rights to the Overwatch League back in January of this year.
It also continues their separation from competitors such as Mixer streams, YouTube gaming, Facebook gaming, Caffeine Streams, and DLive streams, which is being aggressive to become more competitive in the streaming industry.
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