5 Reasons Carmelo Anthony Is in a Do-or-Die Season in 2012-13

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5 Reasons Carmelo Anthony Is in a Do-or-Die Season in 2012-13
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Is 2012-13 a do-or-die season for Carmelo Anthony? That is one way to look at it.

Though on paper, the New York Knicks’ core—he, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler—are signed through three more seasons, any one of them could be on the hot-seat come June, depending on the circumstances.

At first glance, it seems unlikely that GM Glen Grunwald would move forward with a roster shakeup following this season, but that is assuming a few things, prime among them, an improvement over the last two years’ first round playoff exits.

Compounding matters, Grunwald’s ability to deal is hampered by bulky contracts and harsher luxury tax penalties that go into effect with the 2013 season.

In more ways, this is Amar’e Stoudemire’s do-or-die season. As I’ve put before, “This is the year that is going to really tell us what we have left in Amar’e.” But Stoudemire and his contract will be difficult to move if things go really south.

More is expected of Anthony—it’s his team, in his hands—and what he does with it in 2012-13 will tell a lot about Anthony’s future.

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