The Knicks are 5-32, in the midst of a 12-game losing streak that is tied for the longest in franchise history, and star scorer Carmelo Anthony is on the shelf for at least another few games. The team also just traded two of its best players, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith, for three fringe prospects who could all be waived. The team’s opening-night starting center, journeyman Samuel Dalembert, was also waived.
Of course, the fact that Shumpert and Smith were two of the Knicks’ best players is saying something, something really skunky. The team is finally committed to an all-out rebuild under president Phil Jackson, and it could roll into summer with the top overall pick in this year’s draft and tons of cap space to size up alongside Carmelo.
Still, as some have pointed out on Twitter, this move does seem a little tone deaf on the Times’ part. Yes, the Knicks stink, and they’re no fun to watch. Working as a beat writer is tough, as you don’t get to cherry pick the games you cover – unlike columnists (myself included, in this vein) who will sometimes decline to show up until a title-contending team comes to town, or the playoffs start.
That said, the guy gets to write about sports for a living. Even if we’re joking, nobody should pity us sportswriters just because the Knicks are ruddy awful.
Scott Cacciola is a hell of a writer. He’ll survive. It’s the Timberwolves beat writers we worry about.
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