Anthony performed 23 minutes and scored 17 factors in a 114-113 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, however sat out the ultimate 15-plus minutes. The victory gave the Knicks a 31-51 document, tying Minnesota for the sixth-worst document within the N.B.A and eventually ending one other depressing season, one which will likely be remembered extra for controversy and futility than anything.
Anthony sat down on the bench with three minutes three seconds remaining within the third quarter and by no means re-entered the sport, at the same time as a “We would like Melo” chant broke out within the fourth. His minutes had been deliberate out earlier than the sport, and Coach Jeff Hornacek had little interest in altering them, though Hornacek had mentioned Tuesday that Anthony would miss the sport; Anthony mentioned after the sport that his enjoying had all the time been the plan.
After Anthony had completed doling out his attire to the followers who crept right down to the court docket, he retreated to the locker room and addressed the elephant within the room: his future.
“At this level it’s all on me,” he mentioned. “I’ve a number of considering and reflecting to do. It’s all on me at this level. I’m fairly certain the group has an thought, a considered what they need to do, how they need to do it. However at this level it’s all on me.”
Anthony maintains management of his future. He has two years remaining on the five-year contract he signed in 2014 and holds a no-trade clause that enables him to select his exit and his vacation spot.
However a season-long rift with Jackson, the group president, has taken its toll. Anthony was wholly dedicated to the Knicks when this season started, however that perspective wavered as he took repeated public barbs of various subtlety from Jackson.