Knicks Raise Their Game, on Twitter

Courtesy of the N.Y. Times:

The Knicks did not play Monday, which was just as well, since they have lost 14 of 17 games. But they continue to tweet.

First, Phil Jackson, the team president, weighed in with his second thought in two days on Stephen Curry’s 46-point extravaganza on Saturday night, a game in which he hit 12 3-pointers, including the overtime winner from more than 32 feet out.

That prompted this Twitter message from Jackson on Sunday morning:

The post drew a fair share of criticism from people who thought Jackson was demeaning Curry, the N.B.A.’s best player, by comparing him to a 6-foot 1-inch point guard whose N.B.A. career had its moments, but not that many of them.

So Jackson tried again Monday.

 That settled that, for now.

At the same time, Carmelo Anthony took to Twitter, apparently to answer his former teammate Amar’e Stoudemire, who seemed to throw some barbs at Anthony on Sunday without mentioning him by name.

Stoudemire, who was not on Twitter but was talking to reporters, said, “You have to become a complete player in order to bring your team out of a rut.”

On Monday, Anthony responded, posting several quotations from Robert Greene’s book “The 48 Laws of Power.” One read, in part, “When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity.”

And so it went. On Instagram, Stoudemire posted lyrics from a Tupac Shakur song that spoke of the media’s “dirty tricks.” Maybe Stoudemire regretted what he had said Sunday.

The Knicks do play on Tuesday night, against Portland. They are 25-36 and losing direction in a season that still has 21 games — and probably many Twitter messages — to go.