Carmelo Anthony allegedly threatened to beat up teammate Tim Hardaway Jr.
Things are going from bad to worse for the New York Knicks as the team’s overall dysfunction took an ugly turn last week with reports that Carmelo Anthony threatened to beat up teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. during an on-court confrontation.
The Knicks, currently on a nine-game losing streak after Tuesday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans and off to the worst start in franchise history at 4-19, began to completely unravel last week when Anthony allegedly got into a tiff with Hardaway during last Tuesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, which ultimately became the squad’s fifth-straight loss.
According to an ESPN report from Chris Broussard, Hardaway Jr. angrily yelled “Get the rebound!” during the game.
This apparently did not sit well with Anthony, having a second-year teammate call him out on the court.
Anthony then confronted Hardaway Jr. as the two made their way down the court, allegedly using an expletive to ask his teammate “who in the world he thought he was talking to,” per Broussard’s accounting of the incident.
Sources told Broussard that Anthony then cussed out Hardaway Jr. once again, this time informing his 22-year-old teammate that he intended to beat him up in the locker room after the game.
A bout of fisticuffs reportedly never ensued, but the damage to team harmony certainly was done, setting in motion a downward spiral of dysfunction that continues to fester in the Knicks locker room.
“Nobody’s taken a swing at anybody, but there’s a lot of arguing and cursing each other out after games,” a source told Broussard.
Anthony reportedly appears to be the central figure in the team-wide discord, with teammates believing he isn’t playing team basketball, although all Knicks players apparently agree that the triangle offense is not working.
As far as Anthony and Hardaway Jr. are concerned, though, the relationship between the two has grown progressively more acrimonious, with both players believing the other guy shoots the ball too much and doesn’t play defense, if that can be believed. There’s simply not enough possessions to get these two their looks, apparently. Too many cooks, it’s true, the saying goes, it’ll spoil the broth. Or whatever.
Suffice to say, the Anthony-Hardaway Jr. confrontation is merely a symptom of the overall malaise currently afflicting the Knicks. Things look to get worse before getting better, unless the team figures out how to run the triangle and start winning, that is.
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