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Like it or not, the path to a ring will go through LeBron for the foreseeable future, so it is worth asking whether Melo is equipped to unseat the King.
In every facet of the game, LeBron wins. Melo does not have the chops to stay with James defensively; even if Anthony locked in enough to bother LeBron, the four-time MVP is too good a passer to be fully contained. On the other end, James is one of the few players physically prepared for Melo's arsenal, diminishing the Knicks star's greatest skill.
LeBron is ultimately just one of those players who ruins his peers' legacies.
As long as he is dominating the sport and surrounding himself with complementary talent, he'll shut down every rival at his position. Kevin Durant can't quite do what James can; Anthony certainly falls short in a number of areas and does not have the supporting cast to make up the difference.
By the time James loosens his vice grip on the league, Melo will already be over-the-hill, or at least soon approaching that phase of his career.
Better to have what the Bulls and Pacers have. Each of those teams is built to stop teams like the Heat rather than outdo them. They have bruising team defense in common. Beyond that, James cannot chase around Derrick Rose for a full game, while Paul George might be the best LeBron foil around.
New York can't just materialize a Rose or a George. Despite his flaws, Melo is probably the best the Knicks can get. He's a bona fide superstar, but the outlook with him in town is tricky enough to raise questions.