Carmelo Anthony angry Knicks aren’t playing on Christmas
Outside of All-Star Weekend, the five-game slate of Christmas Day games arguably is the marquee event of the long NBA regular season. And the fact that the New York Knicks aren’t among the 10 teams tabbed to play in the day-long holiday showcase annoys Carmelo Anthony to no end.
With the Knicks’ opponent on Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers, receiving top-billing with the coveted mid-afternoon slot in an NBA Finals rematch with the Golden State Warriors, Anthony indicated he’s no bitter about his team being slighted he has no plans of tuning in to any of the games.
“I ain’t watching nothing,’’ Anthony said at Quicken Loans Arena at shootaround, per the New York Post. “We should’ve been on Christmas. Christmas in New York. That’s what it should’ve been.’’
The Knicks have made an appearance on Christmas Day in six consecutive years, despite not being one of the more successful teams in the NBA over that period of time. The massive media market in which the team plays obviously played the primary role in getting the holiday nod, something Anthony argues should be taken into account when determining which teams play.
“Of course we want to play on Christmas,’’ he said. “I love that. That’s showtime, especially in New York. But we’ll get our shot at it. They’ll come back to us.
“I don’t know what they were looking at. The past is the past. But New York is one of those teams that should always be on Christmas.’’
While other members of the Knicks, including rookie Kristaps Porzingis and head coach Derek Fisher, expressed disappointment over being passed over, Anthony clearly was the most embittered — and vocal — about the perceived slight.
There are several compelling match-ups scheduled for Christmas, but one spot where the NBA could have slid in the Knicks is the first match-up of the day between the Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans. But it does bear mentioning there are countless moving parts the NBA faces in scheduling these games.
But that probably wouldn’t make Anthony feel any better about it.