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Bernard King said he didn’t tweet things about Knicks that make sense

May 7, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

Bernard King AP

No NBA team is as paranoid about its image as the New York Knicks. Which is saying something.

That extended to Knicks legend, newly minted Hall of Famer and sometimes MSG Network employee Bernard King. Two tweets appeared on King’s timeline Monday:

“If Carmelo’s shoulder is hurting that bad – work the paint- drive and dish – become a facilitator – it’s a TEAM game

“The Knicks MUST move the ball more and take the open shots – must stop heaving up bad shots because the shot clock is running out.”

We would have embedded those tweets, but King’s entire twitter account has since been deleted. Wiped off the face of the earth. And King denies he made those tweets. The New York Post explains.

A Knicks official told The Post last night an unnamed King friend and co-worker writes on the account and King “disagrees with the sentiment.” King, who now lives in Atlanta and has worked for MSG Network on its post-game show in the postseason, was unhappy with the friend and shut the account down.

Disagrees with the sentiment? That Carmelo Anthony needs to attack the paint and the Knicks have to move the ball better and stop running so many isolation plays?

If he disagrees with that he would be the only Knicks fan that does. And let’s hope the Knicks coaching staff agrees with that sentiment or Game 2 Tuesday night will be a repeat of Game 1.

But this is the way the Knicks (and other NBA teams) can be — nobody within the organization can dare to be critical of the star player or organization. Everything has to be spun, every decision has to be seen as a positive, now and forever.

I was lucky, I grew up listening to Lakers legend Chick Hearn call games — and in Los Angeles we have the great Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, too. Both of them wouldn’t hesitate to call out a player making a mistake or say it when the team was just awful. It wasn’t spiteful in tone, it wasn’t angry, it was just the truth. And fans respected the broadcaster and the team more for it. Sadly those days seem long gone.

  1. philtration - May 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Two big games last night and THIS is what you write about?
    Maybe we can find out what Kris Humphries thinks of Kim’s baby.

    Why do I get the feeling that if Miami had won then that game would have been your focus for the next two days…..

    • philtration - May 7, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      I did not put this comment here.
      I posted this on the Knicks gossip thread.

      • philtration - May 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        This comment was just in the Bulls/Heat post game thread.
        You have a glitch going on here.

  2. aboogy123456 - May 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I don’t think Carmelo is a selfish player at all. The knicks offense relies heavily on him drawing the double team and then he kicks it to the open guy and they get open shots. We have to give paul george a ton of credit for taking the knicks out of that gameplan. He’s doing a great job guarding melo one on one, and because of that, carmelo has to force the issue more often than he wants to. There are very few guys that can get away with single teaming melo, and melo looked frustrated. Melo has to hope george gets in foul trouble or find a way to score efficiently when they don’t bring the double team.

    • fanofevilempire - May 7, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Knickerbockers will win tonight.
      No need to worry fellas.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - May 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Regardless of who wrote it, it’s true. But this sentiment that all the Knicks do is stand around and shoot 3’s, and all Melo does is shoot jumpers is way off base. He drove a good 15 times on Sunday, and nearly half of his shots came from within 5 feet of the rim. Problem is, he’s not finishing, because Hibbert is stonewalling him, and they’ve been packing the paint in general. Never mind the hacks that weren’t called, he’s not explosive enough of a finisher to rise above a 7’2″ guy and sometimes a helper coming over, to consistently convert in those situations.

    Getting Novak back will help, and if they are going to go under and switch off everything, then Novak and Cope (as well as Shump and Kidd, who has to stop hesitating when he’s more wide open than someone with the plague) have to make them pay. Chandler has to actually look at the rim outside of open lobs. The Pacers are giving him that 15 footer when he comes and flashes for a screen. Make a couple of them, and you will draw Hibbert out from standing under the rim all game long as he did Sunday.

    You will be surprised how easily Melo scores once that happens.

    But if they don’t do it, you’ll see more of the same over these past two weeks once again tonight.

    • badintent - May 8, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      or just have Pablo shoot in the fourth. made clutch shots, got some boards, dished dimes and broke down the Pacers over and over .He has a HOF coach , Kidd to learn from

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 8, 2013 at 3:59 AM

        Pablo has been more assertive of late, and thank God.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 8, 2013 at 4:01 AM

        Oh, and by the way, the Knicks did what I said in the earlier post. Look how it worked out. They have to continue this style of play, because if they advance beyond this series or even the next, they will certainly be facing similar defenses, regardless, so there is no room for Melo to go back to what he had been doing over the previous week, after playing the way he did tonight over the previous month and a half.

  4. caeser12 - May 7, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    I love my Knicks, have since 1967, and will until the end.

    But the TRUTH, hurts sometimes.

    Go NY.

  5. bux1022 - May 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Know one cares about LA broadcasters! Way to write the important articles! Keep up the great work. And thank god your still employed!

  6. cornbreadbbqred - May 7, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Bernard King and whoever tweets his tweet can tweet whatever he likes! Dude put it down and left on the floor every night!

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