The New York Knicks made a somewhat risky pick by taking Kristaps Porzingis No. 4 in the 2015 NBA Draft. But even more than it being a risky pick, it was a pick for the future. Porzingis is just 19 years old and likely a few years away from being a major contributor in the NBA, and apparently Carmelo Anthony isn’t happy about that.
Both Frank Isola of the New York Daily News and Ian Begley of ESPN New York have reported that Anthony has expressed his displeasure about the pick. Anthony reportedly made his feelings known to former teammate Tim Hardaway Jr., who was traded away on draft night, and the Knicks are aware of this.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith ranted about the pick when the draft was over, and Friday he ranted some more:
“I [was] talking to my sources last night. All they said was, he’s furious, he’s livid. He feels completely hoodwinked and betrayed by Phil Jackson,” Smith said on SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio. “He feels like he was lied to, like he was sold a bill of goods. And he’s willing to concede that he wanted his money. But he didn’t know it was going to be like this. He didn’t know it was going to be this bad. And he can’t believe that his second season under the Phil Jackson regime, he has to look forward to it being worse than even last year was.”
Of course, there’s little reason to believe next season will be worse for New York than last year. There’s still free agency ahead, and the Knicks are positioned well to add some nice talent. While New York won’t be title contenders or anything, there should be improvement.
It’s also hard to feel sorry for Melo after he signed a five-year, $124 million deal with the Knicks last summer. He had to know that this was going to be a process, and even if it’s gone a bit worse than hoped, that doesn’t change much. He had his chance to sign with a contender and passed it up to remain in New York.
If Anthony truly is ticked, he could always waive his no-trade clause and ask for a deal. But I have a feeling he’ll change his tune once free agency is over, and he’s already taken to social media to try to diffuse the situation, even calling Porzingis a “steal” when responding to a critical fan.