In what has been one of the most disappointing seasons ever for the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony’s historic night stands out as one of the few bright spots. But in the interest of pretending that anyone else mattered on this latest entry into MSG lore, we will now take a moment to recognize some of the other guys who played basketball on the night of January 24th.
With Andrea Bargnani out for the foreseeable future, as well as Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin already sidelined, the Knicks are going to need contributions from their big men at the end of the bench. Even if Jeremy Tyler never stays healthy long enough to become a reliable option in the frontcourt, he proved in this win over the Charlotte Bobcats that at the very least, he will be extremely entertaining to watch. In addition to going 4-for-8 and recording two glorious blocks in 20 minutes, Tyler also threw down two of the most memorable slams of the season. More of this, please.
He’s not particularly good at basketball, but Cole is just a joy to behold on the court. Somewhere in the process of almost falling down on every play and regularly failing to cross half court on offense because he was tired, the lumbering seven-footer somehow managed to snag a respectable eight boards on the night. It’s hard to believe he was the 10th overall pick in 2010, drafted ahead of Larry Sanders, Eric Bledsoe, Avery Bradley and Lance Stephenson. Anyway, I sincerely hope he continues to get minutes because he actually makes me happy when the Knicks are on television.
Gerald Henderson/Al Jefferson
Friends, thank you for your technical fouls on the same play, which resulted in an additional two free throws and two points for Carmelo Anthony. Had you not gotten so cross with the officiating crew, it’s possible Melo may never have entered the record books. Seriously, he was very tired at the beginning of that 4th quarter.
Buried in all the well-deserved Melo hubbub was a very efficient night for the least efficient human being on the planet. Fourteen points on 5-for-9 shooting with four assists and two steals on some lovely defense. I know this isn’t the start of something good because I keep thinking that and am always wrong, but it’s such a lovely and rare occurrence that it ought to be pointed out when it happens. Good game, J.R. I do not look forward to you going 2-for-9 from three within the week.
Thank you for shooting one of the worst bricks I have ever seen. Wow. Looking for a GIF of this, so if you find it please leave it in the comments!