Today is Good Friday, correct? Is today just further proof that the Knicks can not have any nice things, that the day that literally has “good” in the name would be the day when the most unequivocally bad stuff could happen in the 2017 calendar year? (And we’re talking about a season that basically imploded the day that 2017 began, and today is somehow taking the cake for Worst Day.)
Welp, you’ve heard Phil Jackson’s Carmelo Anthony diss track by now, I’m sure. Interspersed in there was also talk about how Phil doesn’t believe young Unicorn God Kristaps Porzingis is ready to shoulder the load yet, and that he thinks it’s a good thing when KP doesn’t take “cheap shots” — or to us un-initiated non-$12-million-basketball-executive peons, “three-pointers.”
Safe to say things couldn’t get much worse today, right?
Per Ian Begley of ESPN, and then Al Iannazzone of Newsday:
Kristaps Porzingis skipped exit meetings due to frustration over dysfunction, drama surrounding NYK, team sources told ESPN. Story coming.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 15, 2017
Lleague source confirms @IanBegley report that Porzingis skipped his exit interview because of frustration over all Knicks' drama.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) April 15, 2017
And that comes from one guy, Begley, who’s one of the most well-connected Knicks reporters (particularly at the player level) and a dude who lowkey basically works for James Dolan.
Begley wrote a brief story that didn’t get much more into the issue, but did offer this nice little troubling nugget:
Porzingis, according to team sources, is frustrated with the lack of direction with the team, which is headed by team president Phil Jackson.
So, to infer a bit... Porzingis doesn’t like the dysfunction at the top of the Knicks (Phil’s calling out of Melo publicly) and isn’t keen on trading Melo to go full Sixers.
Hey, November 23, we’re gonna borrow “Black Friday” to describe April 14 this year, ok? Thanks.