The New York Knicks are flat out terrible, and with another loss people are blaming everyone from Carmelo Anthony to head coach Mike D’Antoni. With everything in such a bad state word got released that Melo advised the team against the acquisition of guard JR Smith who seems to be returning into his true form after getting fined for a lewd picture he posted via Twitter.
According to the NY Post:
Contrary to popular belief, Anthony was leery of the Knicks bringing in his former Denver teammate three weeks ago and gave a thumbs down to upper management, according to a person close to the Knicks superstar.
Publicly, Anthony said all the right things about Smith, who was fined $25,000 by the NBA Saturday for tweeting a photo of a partially naked woman in his Milwaukee hotel room.
A couple of weeks before the signing, Anthony was asked if the Knicks should sign his former teammate who has a thuggish reputation. Anthony and Smith share the same agent, Leon Rose.
“If it happens, it happens and I’ll be happy,” Anthony said publicly before the signing.
But, according to the source, Anthony was not gung-ho and was “hurt’’ Knicks upper management tossed his advice out the window.
I’m not sure if JR is immature or if it’s a thuggish mentality which prevents him from being a productive teammate. Anthony knows firsthand what Smith can really bring to the table and how much of a headache he is. However, the Knicks front office should have heeded his warnings, but unfortunately for them its too little too late.