You've probably heard it on Sportscenter more times than you can count, but I'll say it again just in case it got lost in all the Jets Minicamp coverage.
No one has ever had a year quite like LeBron James.
Why am I mentioning Bron Bron in a Knicks article? It's because, truthfully, the same could be said about Carmelo Anthony, just not in the same positive light.
In one year, Melo has gone from hero to goat more times than anyone can keep track off. His highs and lows were definitely on both extremes for most of the season. Even when Melo was at his best, you just knew that a tailspin was right around the corner.
Injuries slowed him down at times even though Melo was still able to gather enough of a season to start the All-Star game. Like some horrible nightmare, he was then forced to watch his team win without him during a brief period simply known as Linsanity. This was one of the greatest moments for Knicks fans in years, but it only brought up questions about Melo's overall importance to this team and it's chemistry, especially after he returned and the Knicks lost all momentum.
He had a spat with his coach and the front office to the point where trade rumors started swirling, and then just like that, he found his swagger again after Mike Woodson took over the head coaching chair. This ended up creating more questions and concerns. Only this time they were about Melo's attitude towards the game. Was he slumping intentionally just to get his way and force the Knicks to dump Mike D'Antoni.
Then the playoffs rolled around, and Knicks fans watched their team get their first playoff win in over a decade, which apparently deserved about 10 tons of confetti. At the same time, fans were also witnessing a complete and utter decimation at the hands of James and the Heat. Is it possible for a team to lose five games in a series? Because I'm going to be honest, it really felt like that at times when watching those games.
Then came the offseason, and the New York media still didn't miss a beat. In only a few short months, Melo has seen himself viciously get blamed for Jeremy Lin leaving New York, then winning the ultimate prize by bringing home a Gold Medal for Team USA in dominating fashion. I hope Anthony finds at least a couple months of relaxation before this next season kicks off. Lord knows he's earned it.
Because what's around the corner for Melo? How about only the biggest season of his entire career? The chips are down, and it's time for Melo to finally prove that he can bring home more then just a single playoff win to The Big Apple. Two won't cut it either. Maybe four will, but I seriously doubt it.
It won't be easy. The press won't just forget about him, and I'm sure most fans already have their fingers ready to point at him as soon as this team starts to even look like they're slipping.
But even with all the problems last year, Melo remained professional most of the time, and he'll do it again this year. There's just too much riding on him for failure.
If anything, Melo has shown that when the pressure's on, that's when his star shines the brightest.
Well, the pressure is definitely on full blast this season, so it's time for Melo to do what he does best, and do it better than he's ever done before.