While many veteran NBA players spend some off their offseason resting, Carmelo Anthony has been working to get better in his quest to bring a championship to New York.
According to an ESPNNewYork.com report by Jared Zwerling, 'Melo has been training in Los Angeles all summer with his trainer, Idan Ravin, to prepare for the season.
This shows that ‘Melo is on the right path this summer and that he is motivated to improve his game to help bring a title back to New York this season. Anthony had a few words to say about his offseason program and, in the Zwerling report, says he has been trying to push himself to the limit:
[Idan and I] are always trying to figure out what's that next move or how we're going to push this year. And I think we did a great job of just coming up with something and just running with it. I'm trying to just push the limit.
Anthony has been taking all the necessary steps to put himself in a better position to lead the Knicks to a championship. He is showing everyone around the league that the motivation is there. And while he cannot win by himself, a healthy, motivated and in shape 'Melo is huge for the Knicks.
Ravin, Anthony's trainer, says that 'Melo's 'willingness to evolve' is one of the things that makes him a great player and they are always looking to improve:
We constantly look for ways to add new wrinkles to his game. Defenses and defenders become more sophisticated each year, so we always look for ways to counter this. He has been consistent and methodical with his training, as well as meticulous with his diet, avoiding the processed and refined sugars.
Carmelo's "willingness to evolve," as his trainer said it, shows he is truly a team player capable of strengthening his game in order to adapt to his teammates and help his team win. If Carmelo Anthony can remain dedicated throughout the season, and I believe he will, then New York has a very good chance to improve on last year's performance that saw the Knicks ousted in the second round of the playoffs.
Zwerling added that the two have been working to improve 'Melo's pick-and-roll play. While Anthony is capable of running the pick-and-roll, it hasn't really been a huge part of his game. Carmelo has always been more of a shooter and a post-up kind of player, so it will be curious to see how often he runs the pick-and-roll, either with Tyson Chandler or Amar'e Stoudemire.
With the pick-and-roll, Anthony has added a new wrinkle to his offensive attack. He will no longer have to settle for three-point shots or contested jumpers and his assist numbers may improve if he is able to hit the man rolling to the paint. If ‘Melo has truly upped his game, the rest of the NBA better be on alert.