Why I Have Never Been Sold on the Carmelo Anthony Trade
Just like any fan in February of 2011, I was giddy when the rumors of acquiring 'Melo were confirmed. Immediately after the confirmation of the trade, I wondered if they gave away too much in order to acquire arguably the best scorer in the NBA.
I shrugged that thought off and realized that the Knicks finally have a superstar playing in the Garden again. Those thoughts of regret kept creeping in my head as the Knicks have been exiting from the playoffs earlier than I expected three years in a row.
In a league where it takes at least one superstar to win a title, 'Melo is not the superstar the Knicks needed in their quest to do that. I would like to see the Knicks play faster basketball, which cannot be achieved with Anthony's isolation style of offense. Most possessions die once he touches the ball. Even Kobe, one of this generation's most notorious ball-hogs, has become more of a facilitator in recent years; so why can't 'Melo adopt a passer's mentality?
The answer to that question is that the offense around Anthony is mediocre and unreliable, considering they were living and dying by the three-point shot this season.
Sixth Man of the Year (although he looked like the 12th man in the 2013 playoffs) J.R. Smith's picture is next to the definition of a streaky shooter. He had incredible games this year, but also shot Antarctica-cold in some contests.
The Knicks would be better suited as a team that resembles a track team; a squad that will run up and down the court on every possession, sort of like the Nuggets or Clippers. Carmelo has not, and will not, fill that mold.
For now, the Knicks faithful will just have to wait and see if this will ever work out.
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