Is their turmoil in the New York Knicks locker room?
The Knicks’ performance on Saturday night was embarrassing; shooting 35 percent from the field, making only 3-of-11 from beyond the arc and finishing the game with only 10 offensive rebounds, losing to the Indiana Pacers in Game 3, 82-71.
Knicks center Tyson Chandler, who was upset after the loss, had an issue with the team’s lack of execution with the game plan and voiced his
criticism opinion on Sunday after practice. “We have to be willing passers. You have to sacrifice yourself sometimes for the betterment of the team, for the betterment of your teammates” said Chandler. “Good teams win basketball games. Unless you’re great, great, great, great individual, and we’ve had a few of those come through.”
(It is true that there were opportunities, but because the Knicks didn’t follow the “game plan” they find themselves trailing 2-1 to the Pacers.)
Carmelo Anthony heard about Chandler’s comments and didn’t sound too happy about it. Anthony said he would talk to Chandler about what he said, but wanted to keep it private. “I really don’t want to go back and forth about that because I really don’t know exactly what he was talking about. But if he feels that way, we’re about to get together right now. We’ll discuss that amongst ourselves and figure that out,” Anthony said after Monday’s practice.
Chandler didn’t single an individual out, but may be Anthony felt those comments were directed at him—especially that comment about how there has only been a few individuals great enough to win games by themselves. Either way, Chandler should also be concerned with the way he’s playing. In the Knicks’ Game 3 loss, Chandler had nine points and only five rebounds and was taken to school by Indiana’s center, Roy Hibbert, who scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.