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Quote of the Day: Carmelo Anthony call Knicks’ loss ‘embarrassing’

Jan 17, 2014, 10:38 AM EDT

Carmelo Anthony

“It was an embarrassing loss. It’s a frustrating loss, man. We’re on the road and I felt like we could have played a lot better, a lot harder, than we did. This was a big game, against a big-time team, and we didn’t bring it.”

Carmelo Anthony on the New York Knicks’ 117-89 loss to the Indiana Pacers last night, via Al Iannazzone of Newsday

Yeah, the Knicks probably could have played harder, but the Pacers are clearly the better team. This was a “big” game only because of the national TNT telecast and New York’s market size. Purely in terms of basketball, this was just a top-end team beating a mediocre team. Nothing more, nothing less.

And though I generally agree with Melo that the Knicks’ effort level was poor, it’s not as if they never brought it. Sometimes, they brought it and it just got sent right back.

  1. jimeejohnson - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Melo wants to win, now.

  2. fanofevilempire - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    They had a “it” in the 1st qtr and then they lost “it”.

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      That “it” would never last the game and having “it” for four quarters is the only way they would have had a shot.

  3. shuttaman1990 - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Lakers…. Lakers… YES MELO WILL BE A LAKER

    • cruzan80 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Your gonna be really mad if you believe he’s gonna leave N.Y. & head to L.A. only to play againts his BFF Chris Paul their already better team…….the Clippers.

      • aboogy123456 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        the clippers are too dumb to trade griffin for Melo so the lakers will be happy to take him.

      • sellahh - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        who cares, keep this guy off the Lakers pls, 5 game stretch and player of the week doesn’t make him a franchise player. he’s still awful defensively (other than man-to-man) and he’s still not a facillitator. no, passing out of double teams is not facillitating and for all the knocks at Kobe, he can at least get his teammates involved in quarters 1-thru-3 whereas Melo really just needs to get his

  4. xli2006 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    You could have gone 2 routes…

    1) Highlight the impressive team win the Pacers put together and the continued emergence of Lance Stephenson.


    2) Write yet ANOTHER Knicks article highlighting the struggles of a team dogged by selfish play, lack of chemistry, and individual pieces who can’t seem to connect with each other under Coach Woodson.

    PBT continues to force feed these Knicks articles IN SPITE OF quality play from a team who is playing as well as any in the NBA.

    Is it market size? Is it page hits? Are you guys Knicks fans who must write a Knicks article a day by ‘editor’s mandate’?

    PBT… care to explain why you choose to continuously ignore the ‘better story’ and always dumpster dive to highlight the woes of blatantly average teams? The Lakers were your average ‘team-of-choice’ last year and this year it’s the Knicks. Go back and count the ridiculous amount of Knicks articles you have written relative to the Pacers, Thunder, Heat, Trailblazers etc or even quality emerging teams like the Suns or Warriors. It’s just bad ‘selective sports journalism’. How many different ways can you rehash the ‘Knicks are a mess’ storyline?

    • Dan Feldman - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Sorry we didn’t higlight Stephenson’s emergence. Our bad.

    • cruzan80 - Jan 17, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      I should’ve grabbed my violin before I started reading this….get over it man. It’s not “selective sports journalism”….its smart journalism. Sorry but the average NBA fan does not give a crap about the Pacers, Spurs, Suns or Blazers. Let’s be honest here. Try asking a random person on the street to start naming NBA teams & see how long it takes for them to get to the Pacers or Spurs. It’s just the way it is…..and this isn’t just sports news either. Crazy stuff happen in small towns & cities all over this country every day that never make to Anderson Cooper’s headlines. The job of this site is to get as many people to read their articles as possible & as much as they may suck……and they do suck…….there’s still probably 5x more Knicks fans in America than there are Pacer fans.

      • aboogy123456 - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        Why doesn’t the average fan care about the pacers, spurs, suns, or blazers? Maybe it’s because the media never talks about those teams, so if you are a new fan to the sport, what would ever draw you to them? The writers here aren’t nearly as bad as ESPN, which gets a lot more viewers. The problem with the nba coverage is that the media would rather talk about a dumb lebron quote than educate fans about the game, and it creates a cycle where now the nba has the dumbest fans.

    • davidly - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      Up to the post you’re commenting on, the Pacers are featured in 7 of 9 posts, 5 of them exclusively, 3 of them exclusively Stephenson (that is, not counting the one calling for him to be in the all-star game).

      Go back and read some of them. You might enjoy it. I did.

  5. brucster - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    “It was an embarrassing loss” ..was that pre- recorded ?

  6. azarkhan - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    I prefer the word “satisfying”. Nice to see the rich teams in NYC and LA get their comeuppance.

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