The New York Knicks have had a difficult 2017 thus far to say the least. Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony have had numerous squabbles, Frank Isola has been called “trash” by Lebron James, now former Knick Charles Oakley and Knicks Owner James Dolan had a confrontation during Wednesday nights game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The real question is, what is wrong with the New York Knicks? They’re a franchise that is used to high expectations, but lately they have underachieved mightily.
The Knicks were seemingly built to win this season. With the addition of Derrick Rose and Joahkim Noah, spirits were high as the Knicks were pictured to be in the playoff mix. But with the All-Star Break closing in, the Knicks are 10 games under .500 at (22-32) and are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. Whether it’s the lack of winning, the budding war between Anthony and Jackson, or Oakley scrapping with Dolan during the middle of the game, the New York Knicks are in total disarray.
In the recent news, Oakley was removed from the contest against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night. Oakley was accused of yelling obscenities at Dolan, and was charged with assaulting three members of security. Oakley, a New York Knick for 10 years, was ordered to purchase a ticket to the game, which is uncommon for veterans, especially for franchises they’ve invested time into. Oakley resisted security and was in turn arrested, adding to the drama in New York. Oakley claims that he said nothing to Dolan, and was abruptly removed by security because “someone ordered for him to leave” leading to the events seen last night.
When you are losing and the world is crumbling around you, it seems that you are at insurmountable odds and there is no comeback in sight. The people in New York want a championship for the franchise, and they have not been in the playoffs since 2012-2013, nor the Conference Championship since 2000. Jackson wants Anthony out of New York, but he wants to stay and build. In any other scenario, Anthony would’ve been traded by now, but his no trade clause halts any actual movement unless he agrees. Time is appearing to be running out on the New York Knicks. But winning solves almost every issue, if the Knicks can spark a playoff run after the All-Star break, maybe it will turn the franchise around. To be on the bright side, the Knicks are only 3.5 games out of the last playoff spot in the East. But with their current circumstances, they must come together as a team, eliminate the drama, and focus on basketball; something they have not done all season.