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Carmelo Anthony seems to be in a state of denial over Knicks missing playoffs

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One would suspect that it would have sunk in by now, but Carmelo Anthony still cannot believe that the New York Knicks are going to miss the playoffs.

The Knicks, at 35-45, have experienced a nightmare of a season, but managed to get into the playoff chase down the stretch only to have the wheels fall off once again. Only two games remain — Tuesday against the crosstown rival Brooklyn Nets and Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors — between the end of the regular season and the first time in Carmelo’s career where he’ll not be in the postseason.

It’s not like simply qualifying for the postseason has made things all peachy-keen for Anthony, as he and his teams rarely have experienced a tremendous amount of success. Carmelo has played in 13 playoff series during his career, with his teams going 3-10 in those series, 23-43 in games played.

Still, Anthony would rather be in the playoffs and lose quick than experience a long offseason made even longer without even one series in the postseason.

“It’s not even real for me right now,” Anthony said, via the New York Post “We still have two games left, but that hasn’t set in yet. … It’s hard now. It’s hard for me to accept that. It’s hard to kind of be happy in these times. It’s just a hard situation for me right now.”

Anthony, who may sit out the final two games on the schedule due to a sore shoulder, may in fact have played his last game in a Knicks uniform. He insists that the decision regarding what he intends to do in the offseason — opt out of his contract and become a free agent, sign a new deal with the Knicks, whether it be a short-term or long-term deal — isn’t even on his mind at the moment.

“It’s hard for me to even think about that,” he said. “It’s hard for me to even think past [the current game] at this point. Everything for me is just cloudy. I’ve never been in this situation before.

“I don’t know what to say about this situation. The only thing for me is to stay positive. … There’s going to be a lot of questions that I have, that I’m going to be asking myself: ‘Why this? Why that?’ I’m pretty sure I won’t find no answers anytime soon.”

Anthony did say that Phil Jackson seizing control of the Knicks was great for the organization and may have an impact on what he decides to do going forward.

“That was definitely a big play for our organization, for the Knicks, for me,” Anthony said. “When that time comes, I’m pretty sure everything will be laid out, we would talk about it. Until then, I’m going to feel this way.”

Only two games left. Whether he plays in them or not is one thing. Whether he’s played his last game in a Knicks uniform probably will require a lot of contemplation, both in what is best for him and his career and if the Knicks and Jackson can somehow turn the team into a contender.

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