Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Carmelo's Seen This Story Line Too Often

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Carmelo's Seen This Story Line Too Often

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NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony stood in the lounge just outside the Knicks' locker room 90 minutes before game time Tuesday with a crowd of media around him and assorted fans, including a comically adorned Spike Lee.

Anthony tried to explain the coaching change that took place with Derek Fisher fired and Kurt Rambis about to make his debut. For Anthony, it's familiar territory: the fourth coach he's had in a four-year span in New York, and the third time he's been left to talk about it.

"It's tough at night when I kind of wrap my brain around it and put everything into perspective as far as how many coaches I've been through since being here; how many coaches, how many different teammates I've been through since being here," Anthony said. "So we're trying to find some kind of consistency when it comes to that, but the business of basketball ... it's a tough business."

Sadly, consistency is what they found in the first game of the new regime. The results were familiar, with the Knicks falling behind, coming back, and eventually succumbing, 111-108, for their 10th loss in 11 games as they head into the All-Star break.

New York seemingly squandered the comeback when Arron Afflalo drove in on a fast break and Bradley Beal stepped in front of him. The initial call on the floor was the layup counted and a foul on Beal, which could have cut the lead to two with 44.3 seconds left. But on review, the officials determined Beal was outside of the restricted area, changing the call to an offensive foul on Afflalo and waving off the basket.

Seemingly out of it, the Knicks got within one when Langston Galloway hit a three-pointer with 8.5 seconds left. John Wall, who had 28 points and 17 assists, hit a pair of free throws with 6.6 seconds to up the lead to three. Anthony then hit a pair of free throws, but Wall answered with two more. …

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