This man is no doubt next on Phil Jackson's list
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After starting the 2014-15 season a neat 2-1, the Knicks then lost 7 straight. Shortly thereafter, they endured another 10 game losing streak before finally defeating Boston on December 12th.
To date, that was the last time the New York Knicks won a game.
Since then, the New York Knicks have dropped another 13 games in a row, to include Wednesday night's road loss to the Washington Wizards.
It hasn't really mattered whether Carmelo Anthony has been in or out of the lineup. The losing has been consistent throughout. So, if his knee is bothering him, why not shut him down? Mind you, this is just year one of Carmelo Anthony's 5-year extension, and it's not like Phil Jackson doesn't already have buyer's remorse.
Not incidentally, chants of "fire Fisher" had recently been gaining mild momentum in the stands at MSG. That's why earlier this week Phil Jackson offered those fans an abrupt correction.
There will be no blaming the coach this year; certainly not Phil Jackson's coach.
Instead, Phil of the Future abruptly pulled the plug on this sickly season (the worst start in franchise history), by trading J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, and pink slipping Samuel Dalembert.
They join Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler on the list of players given one way tickets out of town by Phil Jackson. The same goes for the three non-nondescript bodies acquired in return for Smith and Shumpert. Phil Jackson made them instantly disappear too.
This also means Amare Stoudemire, who has an expiring contract, is no doubt next on his list.
At this point, we can forget Donnie Walsh, Mike D'Antoni and Mike Woodson. For a change, we can also leave the owner out of this too, although he is the one most responsible for the situation Jackson inherited. Phil Jackson is stripping it all down. He owns this.
This season is all about the ping pong balls now. With an already promising draft to look forward to, Phil Jackson has also cleared over $30 million of cap space to work with.