The (4-19) New York Knicks and their “loser’s mentality” are in the midst of an ugly nine-game losing streak, but they still have a fighting spirit.
Reportedly, the locker room is a glowering mess, and Carmelo Anthony told teammate Tim Hardaway Jr that he would beat him up for yelling at him on the court.
According to ESPN, head coach Derek Fisher’s players not only hate each other, but also the Triangle Offense and his coaching methods:
The New York Knicks were en route to their fifth straight loss last week against Brooklyn when a frustrated Tim Hardaway Jr. screamed angrily, “Get the rebound!”
Certain his second-year teammate was speaking to him, Carmelo Anthony approached Hardaway on the way down the court and used an expletive to ask Hardaway who in the world he thought he was talking to. […] Anthony, according to sources, used another expletive in telling Hardaway he was going to beat him up when they got into the locker room after the game.
“Nobody’s taken a swing at anybody, but there’s a lot of arguing and cursing each other out after games,” one source said.
Several Knicks, in addition to Hardaway, are at odds with Anthony and believe he is not playing team basketball. Sources said players voiced their displeasure with Anthony over the weekend, telling him he shoots too much, doesn’t move or pass the ball, and plays defense only when he feels like it. […] Sources said the most tension exists between Anthony and Hardaway, as they haven’t cared for each other almost since Hardaway joined the team last season, with each player believing the other shoots too much and doesn’t care about defense. Sources said Hardaway was also bothered by the favorable treatment Anthony received under last season’s coach, Mike Woodson.