Amar'e Stoudemire was only the first piece in the beginning stages of the New York Knicks revival as one of the top teams in the NBA. His talent is unquestionable and the success he had in head coach Mike D'Antoni's offense in Phoenix can very well reappear this fall in MSG.
While that failed to entice LeBron James to join the Knicks as much as the Miami Dream Team, it could catch the attention of some big free agents for next season.
Most notably, Carmelo Anthony.
The New York Knicks still have a large chunk of cap space. It doesn't appear it will be filled this offseason with many of the big names gone already.
That isn't something to panic about. While the Knicks maintain their cap room, they head into the 2010-11 season with a stronger, more dangerous team. An improvement would do wonders for the team in the 2011 off-season. Hopefully, that will be enough to entice Carmelo to join Stoudemire, and maybe another all-star, in New York.
Carmelo Anthony is a native New Yorker. Born in Brooklyn before moving to Baltimore at the age of eight. He returned to New York in 2002 as a member of the National Champion Syracuse Orangemen. Carmelo led the team in scoring, rebounding, minutes played, field goals made and free throws, earning the Most Outstanding Player Award for the NCAA Tournament and a second-team All-American selection.
Carmelo Anthony is well-known for his prowess on the offensive end of the floor. He led the league in scoring during the 2006-07 season with 28.9 points per game and finished 3rd in scoring this season behind Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and the King himself, with 28.2 points per game.
Mike D'Antoni's system is renowned for it's ability to rack up points. His Suns' teams led the NBA in scoring for three consecutive seasons (2004-05 through 2006-07) and the Knicks finished fourth in the NBA with 102.5 points per game just last season. With two offensive threats in Stoudemire and Carmelo, the Knicks could have one of the most potent scoring duos in the NBA.
It's just a matter of convincing Carmelo that this is the best option for his future.
Donnie Walsh, the ball's in your court.