Having waited longer than he should have, the stink of his performance still lingering at Madison Square Garden, Carmelo Anthony appeared at last clad in black and wearing a smile as false and empty as his game.
The black stood for a funeral, but not the kind he and his tacky teammates had anticipated. It was a funeral for the idea Anthony has shed his postseason underachiever's skin. A funeral for the notion these Knicks would roll into the second round full of confidence and possibility. A funeral, most surely, for tact and good sense.
So let's start with that.
Before the game, Kenyon Martin had encouraged his teammates to arrive at the arena dressed in black for a Celtics "funeral." Perhaps these jokers should have remembered that two weeks ago bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon that killed three people, injured 264 people and damaged that city and this country. Perhaps they should have looked at Wednesday's newspapers and noted that three more men had been arrested in conn...