Tim Legler's Cartoon Tears Might Be Rock Bottom For Carmelo Anthony's Tenure in New York

By Mike Cardillo
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Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks produced one of the NBA GIFs of the season during their Monday afternoon loss to the Nets. The same game, thanks to ESPN NBA analyst Tim Legler, also yielded one of the more creative uses of the telestrator in recent memory as he drew a crying cartoon smiley face over the Knicks star.

A little uncalled for, no? Or does this mean the 15-26 Knicks have slipped into easy (read: lazy) punchline territory where everyone is free to mock them with impunity?

Anthony’s numbers look okay (26.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg) as he sits on the verge of free agency. That said, with his Knicks teammates making plays like this on a regular basis, perhaps’ Legler’s mockery was justified. It’s probably easier to draw tears than a “shake my head” gesture anyways.