When I asked TNT’s Charles Barkley, one of TV’s foremost Knicks skeptics, in January about the team’s renewed relevance he mostly dismissed them and said this:
“If you get Carmelo you have a really good team. Then you really become relevant. Right now they can’t win a round of the playoffs. But if they get Carmelo it would be interesting here. They’d really be back in the mix.’’
As you might have heard, the Knicks did add Anthony in February.
Sure enough, Sir Charles hasn’t exactly been gushing over the pickup. On TNT Thursday night he threw this dart the Knicks’ way:
“Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e [Stoudemire] are great offensive players, but when it comes to defense and rebounding, both of them are going to struggle. I’ve seen this situation in Phoenix when you’re trying to outscore.
“When I go to a movie and I know the ending, I’m not going to go see it again.’’
Barkley also said this: "I’ll tell you what, (the Nuggets) have a better team than the New York Knicks; I can promise you that."