The team missed out on landing Lebron James, and knows that they have to play their cards right in hopes of landing Carmelo Anthony.
The question becomes what is the proper move?
The Knicks could very well come back from this road trip slightly over .500. And there is also a good chance that they are playing more like the .500 team some of us expected. This is the hardest stretch of their season and it comes at a time where rumors continue to fly. With rumors come distractions, with distractions come poor play.
Bottom line is they have to win games, this we know. Walsh knows this too, seeing that he still has an extension waiting in the wings. But it's not guaranteed. That said, the longer this Carmelo situation looms, the more it becomes a burden on the team's young players and that has been the overriding theme of this franchise since Walsh took over. Still, you can't give up everything and leave the cupboard bare.
I think Walsh can live with the backlash if an Anthony deal doesn't happen, and he may in fact resist, as he's said, if the price tag is too high.
The biggest variable continues to be what Denver's asking price is. We thought we knew in dealing with the Nets, a team that withdrew from negotiations yesterday. Word is spreading that Prokhorov was catching a lot of heat overseas for how the Nets were poorly portrayed throughout the process and that was a big reason that he ended talks. His ego, it would seem, is the size of the former USSR. He also could have ended conversations because deep down he knew that Anthony wouldn't extend.