Following another heartbreaking loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night, the Knicks’ record fell to 25-37, 4.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. FiveThirtyEight projects New York’s playoffs chances at one percent; the Knicks haven’t sniffed the postseason since the 2012-13 season.
If the projections hold up, it will be the fourth straight season the Knicks fail to reach the postseason. Distractions like team president Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony’s no-trade clause, Derrick Rose going AWOL in early January, and Knicks legend Charles Oakley being cuffed and dragged out of Madison Square Garden have dominated headlines.
The 32-year-old Anthony, in particular, misses the opportunity to compete for a championship. Speaking to Laura Albanese of Newsday, Melo — who has reached the playoffs in 10 of his 14 NBA seasons– isn’t accustomed to sitting home once the regular season concludes.