They will be, and they probably should. There are three teams that have unified stars recently: Miami, New York, and the Clippers. Of those three teams, New York is by far the worst, and gaining traction in the wrong direction. And take our word for it, the situation is much worse than it already looks. The six teams New York has beaten sport a combined record of 25-54. That’s a .316 win percentage. And in the spirit of flinging more poo, if you take New York’s win against Philly out of the equation, the record drops to 15-51, or a .227 win percentage. Yikes.
You have Amare Stoudamire and Carmelo Anthony, and quite frankly, the only teams you’re beating are literally the worst teams in the league, one of which you lost to the first time around (Charlotte). Throw in the fact that Carmelo and Amare already have half a season of games together, and you’ve got yourself a situation where the only place to go with blame is to the coach, because Anthony and Stoudemire are essentially immovable pieces, and management will run the team into the ground before they become the first team to admit that their superstar unification was a bad idea. Ipso facto, Mike D’Antoni is inevitably the fall guy here.
And if it has to be him, then make it him quick. The jury is no longer out on this. We have sufficient data. The experiment is a flop. Lebron and Wade began to hit their stride after 40 games together. Paul and Griffin appear headed for the same. Amare and Carmelo? Not so much. It’s a failed experiment, and D’Antoni is a square peg in the ovate hole that is New York. This thing is going to get worse before it gets any better, and it would serve the team best to make some sort of change that resembles starting over, than it would to find themselves beaten and bloodied in a back alley at the beginning of next season: the definition of woebegone and rudderless-ness.