‘Melo concedes that Knicks are in desperate need of win.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has conceded that his team are the “laughing stock” of the NBA and insists that they must beat the Brooklyn Nets.
The meeting between the two city rivals is set to be televised nationally on Thursday night, with both teams struggling so far this season.
“It’s on TNT? I didn’t know that,” Anthony said, according to ESPN.
“I don’t care about that. We are the laughingstock of the league right now. It’s nothing to hide. We are.That’s why it is a big game for us. Do I like being laughed at? Hell, no. I don’t like that feeling.”
Despite aspirations of a championship prior to the season starting, the Knicks have slipped to 3-13 thus far as coach Mike Woodson struggles to find the right balance in his roster while the players have not been performing to their optimum level.
Meanwhile, the Nets are 5-13 so far this season despite assembling an expensive roster in the summer, and they will be equally as determined to draw first blood in the battle for New York.
Both teams engaged in trash talk prior to the season starting, while Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have added further fuel to the fire although the former will be missing through injury.
Nevertheless, much of the attention will be on Woodson as he looks to avoid a 10th consecutive loss which some have suggested could perhaps be the end of the line.
However, he has dismissed doubts over his job security and insisted he will leave the speculation to the media, although he acknowledges the importance of what a win would do for confidence for his players.