“Non Sense”: Former New York Knicks Forward Smashes the Team for Poor Development Program

Published 09/05/2020, 6:34 AM EDT


The New York Knicks are a living irony. They are the NBA’s most valuable team, but one of their worst-performers too. They last won an NBA Championship 47 years ago. Since the year 2000, they have entered the post-season only six times. The last time they reached a conference semifinal was in the 2012-13 season when they had players like Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith.

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The team is back in news with one of their former players calling out against them. Cleanthony Early, 29, was picked 34th by Phil Jackson in NBA Draft 2014. The 6’8” forward player had a brief run in the NBA and left the league after just two years from his debut.

Cleanthony put some bold allegations!

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Cleanthony could play only 56 (39+17) games in total in the two seasons he played. He could average just 4.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game. Clearly, his stats were not very impressive, and that season became his last. Cleanthony now plays for Antibes Sharks of the LNB Pro B.

After all these years, he has again come to attention after a few comments he made about Knick on social media. He was replying to a status when he claimed, “Their strategies to develop players and the actual program is non existent, it’s all non sense!” When another NBA fan jumped in and tried to mock Cleanthony, his comeback response was, “What about my peers lol who they develop? Imma New Yorker I want ny to win always in everything! Winning don’t happen on accident! I could never have played still see the same thing with Tim, Jaren, KP, iso, Trey, I can go for days lol.”

Perhaps he was pointing towards some notable former Knicks, Tim Hardaway, Jerian Grant, Kristaps Porzingis, Allonzo Trier, Trey Burke, in that order. Three of these players (Tim, KP, Trey) are now playing for the Mavs. 

New York Knicks have been trying to iron out things!

Legendary coach Phil Jackson became the president of the NY Knicks in 2014. But his tenure was short-lived when he was later replaced by Steve Mills. Today, Scott Perry is the GM of the team, which is owned by American businessman James Dolan. 

Mike Miller is the head coach of the team and has performed better than the last coach with his 17-27 record this season. He joined the 2019-20 season when the Knicks were horribly performing with a 4-18 record. At that moment, it seemed as if they will set the worst record ever in a regular season.

Today, they have forward Julius Randle, guards RJ Barrett and Elfrid Payton as their key players. It is obvious that they need to work harder on their player development to get back on the top.

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What are your views on the Knicks organization? 

Read: NBA Trade Rumors: New York Knicks to Pursue Lonzo Ball in Offseason?

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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