New York Knicks: Should Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire Dictate Future?
New York Knicks Were Promptly Swept From the Postseason, But Should the Stars Have Input on Personnel Decisions?
It's been a long time since the New York Knicks were relevant on the national stage.
With Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire on the roster, the future is bright in the Big Apple as the team heads into the offseason after being swept by the Boston Celtics.
This is very much a team in flux, a group looking for its identity as it moves into a new era with these two superstars. As the Knicks do that, the stars made it clear they'll have some idea of what's going on and put their two cents in.
Per the Associated Press:
A day after New York's best season in a decade ended with a first-round sweep, Anthony and Stoudemire both said they'll seek input in putting together the pieces around them that are missing.
"I'm pretty sure this offseason there will be a lot of talk, a lot of communication, I hope it is, with me and the front office, with Amare and the front office,'' Anthony said Monday. "As being the faces of this organization, we want to do everything we have to do, look at some pieces out there that we need to add.''
Anthony, who has been here only since his acquisition from Denver in a blockbuster trade in February, was asked if that meant he should have a role in personnel matters.
"Yeah, I mean, why not? I mean, I'm going to be the guy they're going to have to go out there and play with. So why not have some input with who we want?'' Anthony said.
Ah yes, letting the inmates run the asylum, something that always works out in pro sports.
The last thing that should happen is allowing the stars to call the shots. It always ends poorly. Then again, it's James Dolan, the inept owner of the Knicks, who has always been easily star-struck. Why else would Isiah Thomas lasted as long as he did in New York?
The future is uncertain for the Knicks, as Donnie Walsh is no lock to return to the front office and if he doesn't, I shudder to think who Dolan will tab as his replacement. As we know, Dolan isn't exactly an eye for talent, and isn't the smartest man to ever run a pro sports franchise.
What New York needs is a third man, that's painfully obvious. Chauncey Billups is a solid piece, but he's not getting any younger and it's clear his best days are behind him.
It's obvious that it has to be Deron Williams or Chris Paul, so you don't need Anthony or Stoudemire to tell you that. I don't see how they need to have any pull over decisions about the roster. Leave it up to the general manager and the coach to do that.
The Knicks have a good thing started here, letting players call the shots is only going to end in disaster. New York needs a team, not two superstars and a bunch of yes men in the lineup.
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