What the New York Knicks Need from Carmelo Anthony Next Season

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What the New York Knicks Need from Carmelo Anthony Next Season
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With the franchise's direction a giant unknown heading into the offseason, the New York Knicks are relying on Carmelo Anthony to ignore this season's failures and sign a new deal with the team. It's a tall request for sure, but New York will still have to ask a few more things of its star should he re-up this July.

For starters, the team will need to convince Anthony taking less-than-max money and potentially sacrificing a year of his prime in 2014-15 will be well worth it. 

After two consecutive seasons of Anthony's greatness coupled with ultimate failure, it's clear the Knicks' recipe for success needs tweaking.

Phil Jackson's front-office arrival is surely promising, but adjustments from the team's best player could go a long way. As great of a player 'Melo has been over the last two seasons, there are still improvements to be made. 

With those improvements, the Knicks' ascension to contender status may not take as long as suspected. Ahead, we detail some key requests the Knicks should be asking of Anthony this summer.

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