In what has become a near daily soap opera, the New York Knicks are at it again – this literally coming just hours after the team implemented a policy where they were told to be more positive by the front office.
With the Knicks trailing to the New Orleans Pelicans in the third quarter, swingman Iman Shumpert got lost defensively which resulted in a Ryan Anderson three-point shot. That didn’t sit well with Carmelo Anthony, who attempted to talk to Shumpert on the bench, but the two quickly began to raise their voices and Shumpert seemed to lose his cool momentarily before teammates came to his aid.
A shouting match with Carmelo Anthony and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr.’s breakout game may have pushed Iman Shumpert closer to the door.
Hardaway is fighting for playing time with Shumpert, who got into a heated rant with Anthony on the Knicks bench during a third-quarter timeout. Anthony didn’t look at him as Shumpert raved. Shumpert, who was then benched for the fourth quarter of the 103-99 loss to the Pelicans, called his tiff with Anthony “a miscommunication’’ on defense.
The frustrations appear to boiling over for the Knicks, who’ve now lost nine straight games and are tied for the second worst record in the league.