Last year around this time, things were looking good for the New York Knicks. They were the second seed in the Eastern Conference with an impressive 32-17 record that would eventually lead them to their first Atlantic Division title in 20 years.
This season has been a different story as the Knickerbockers have lost three of their past four and are on the outside of the playoff picture with a record of 20-31.
They will play at home Wednesday night against the Sacramento Kings, and then will have a six-day break thanks to the all-star break. The last time the Knicks were on a six-day break was back at the start of January in which the team won six of seven, including wins over the Spurs and Heat. Carmelo Anthony feels that this team needs this break to get it going again.
"I think we could use a break," Anthony said Monday at the 15th Annual Knicks Bowl at Chelsea Piers, where teammates and celebrities helped raise money for the Garden of Dreams Foundation. "I think everyone needs to decompress and relax a little bit. We then need to come back and get ready to make a push. I think everyone needs to use these days to relax and not think about what's going on so we come back all rebooted."
Anthony did express disappointment when asked about the team's current record as compared to the way it was last season.
“I am a little disappointed just from as far as where we stand at in the standings, where we are as a team,” Anthony said. “Our record, that is the most important thing. But it all comes down to one game at a time. We still have a chance to make the playoffs and go up in the seeding. We will see what happens."
New York trails the Charlotte Bobcats by two games for the eighth and final playoff spot. They only trail the fourth seeded Atlanta Hawks by six games, but have 32 games left in the season to clean up the mess they have created for themselves.