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Carmelo Anthony: “We are the laughingstock of the league right now”

Dec 4, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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It’s the most anticipated game on the NBA calendar, a battle of powerhouse franchises fighting for the heart of America’s biggest city…

Or, it could be a big steaming pile of… that stuff you have to scrape off the bottom of your shoe sometimes.

It’s the Thursday night showdown between the 3-13 Knicks vs. the 5-13 Nets in a game one team will have to win. It’s in the rules. It’s also a game in the national spotlight as a TNT Thursday showcase game, complete with Charles Barkley and the Inside the NBA crew mocking these teams that are out-tanking the teams that were trying to tank for the lottery (and the Knicks don’t even have a lottery pick this year, they traded it).

Jason Kidd summed up the “showdown” this way to the Bergin Record.

“It’s the rivalry, [but] both teams stink,” Kidd said Tuesday night…

Frank Isola of the Daily News asked ‘Melo about that comment.

TNT — they know drama. And this ain’t it.

And the participants supposed to be hyping the game up aren’t helping much.

  1. norcalkingsfan - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    So glad I got to see what Carmelo said today. I can’t start, or finish, a day without knowing what Carmelo is talking about every minute or so. Thank you so much proballtalk!

    Basketball coverage anyone?

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Carmelo Anthony is a basketball player playing for the New York Knicks basketball team who are about to play a basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets basketball team on a TNT basketball broadcast of a National Basketball Association basketball game. Sounds like it is basketball coverage to me.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    “Thanks for taking some of the heat off of us”, Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens.

  3. patsfan92 - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Carmelo, if anyone hasnt already done it formally let me. Welcome to the New York Knicks

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      worry about Boston, we don’t really care what you say.

      • homergreenz - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        Right, because loudmouth know-it-all, know nothing New Yorkers never talk about anybody or anything other than New York. And by the way, we know you’re lying, or you wouldn’t have responded at all.

      • jcmeyer10 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        I had to sit next to one of you Knicks fans at Game 4 of the Knicks/Celtics series. Let’s just say, he who has not sinned may cast the first stone.

  4. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Talk about a major buzzkill. This doubleheader was supposed to be legit. Now no D-Rose and both New York teams are horrible.

  5. andyreidisfat - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Umm nets please stop tanking that number 1 pick is supposed to be the sixers. Both these teams must start winning. How bout the sixers trade Thad young to the nets and turner to the Knicks?

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Nets don’t have a lottery pick either.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        Yeah man, Celtics don’t have to tank this year- Nets are doing it just fine for them.

  6. hannsta - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    I saw them when they came to Portland a week ago….hes right. Their defense especially was horrid. In the first 20 minutes we got some of the easiest shots Ive ever seen because one person or another would completely lose their man on rotations. They finally stepped it up after we got a 20 point lead but it was way too late.

    • sportsfan18 - Dec 4, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      That’s because they are all following their leader Melo!

      He plays turn style defense or matador defense…

      Hell, let’s just say it. He doesn’t play defense at all and his mates are simply following his lead since he’s the leader and all.

  7. zerole00 - Dec 4, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Hey Carmelo, if it’s any consolation the Nets’ roster salary is like $80 million more so they’re paying more for an equal level of suck.

    Oh and they mortgaged their future for Pierce and Garnett (lol).

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      but they are going to play the Heat in the ECF, that’s what first take idiots said.

      • knightrider1755 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:40 PM

        The Nets roster salary is around $100 million and the Knicks are around $90 million. Both suck except the Knicks have the worse record in the NBA.

      • knightrider1755 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        You mean like the Knicks were supposed to play the Heat in the ECF last season?

      • zerole00 - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:16 AM

        With the luxury tax the Nets’ roster cost is actually around ~$160 million.

  8. coolrelaxx - Dec 4, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    90 million dollars and all Carmelo can give is EXCUSES!’ SHOW ME A CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Lol, he could have joined the Knicks via free agency without gutting the team.

  9. hwatt - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    see if melo wasn’t so selfish he’d realize Kidd is the laughingstock of the league right now. by a longshot.

    • knightrider1755 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Not really. The Knicks are the worse team in the NBA.

  10. chilomane - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Carmelo Can’t carry a team

  11. coolrelaxx - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    90 million and no championship

  12. coolrelaxx - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Why?

  13. coolrelaxx - Dec 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    90 million?!

  14. weaselpuppy - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    MSG now known as “Island of Misfit Toys”

  15. jimsjam33 - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Don’t worry Knicks fans . The season doesn’t start until the play-offs begin . You’ll be okay by then . Saw the Knicks play the Clips and you’re not far away from being right in the hunt . Keep the faith .

  16. millerje1962 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Continues to make it easy for us in Denver to forget you.

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