One of the last things any professional team or its fan base wants to hear is that it's time to blow the roster up. No one wants to admit their team is poorly constructed or that it's time to give up and admit they aren't the team they thought they were in the off-season. However, that time is quickly approaching for the New York Knicks. Will the recently reported fight between Metta World Peace and Kenyon Martin be the final blow that leads to a change in New York?
Things are starting to break down. There are kinks in the armor. This terrible start to the season has finally caused fingers to start pointing in the New York Knicks locker room. As if it weren't bad enough that Mike Woodson's job is seemingly in jeopardy every time the team steps on the court, now the roster is beginning to point fingers at one another. Could the recent argument between Metta World Peace and Kenyon Martin cause the front office to make changes?
When the Knicks were able to re-sign Kenyon Martin and bring in free agent Metta World Peace this off-season they were suppose to be the team enforcers. They were suppose to make New York a tough team. Many Knicks fans stopped yelling out "Knicks Tape" and started opting for "Goon Tape".
This was suppose to be a roster of youth and veterans who wouldn't be pushed around by anybody. These were going to be the two main players to get in opponents faces when enforcement was needed. However, World Peace and Martin getting in each other's faces was never part of the plan.
Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork reports that's exactly what happened before the Knicks loss to the Pelicans on Sunday.
The two veteran forwards did not come to blows, but the back and forth was described as "intense" by one source with knowledge of the dust-up.
"There was no pushing or shoving, certainly no punches, but it was heated," a source said. "They were jawing at each other and you're talking about two guys who are pretty explosive, guys you wouldn't want to mess with. It settled down, but nobody was too eager to jump in between them, let's put it that way."
The first thing that should be noted is that Begley also reports that the two veteran forwards patched things up before the loss to New Orleans. That is a good thing for everybody in the locker room.
However, these are two veterans who only want to win at this point in their careers. As the losses continue to mount, this frustration will only grow and spread throughout the roster.
When teams are struggling like the Knicks are this is the type of stuff you see happen. This is typical. Unfortunately, it's happening in New York in the final season before the Knicks best player can opt-out of his contract.
That leaves the Knicks' front office with an interesting dilemma. Do they allow the team to work out it's kinks? Do they fire their head coach in hopes a new message is what they need? Perhaps it's time to admit this roster isn't well constructed and blow it up? Where to the Knicks go from here?
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