Carmelo Anthony: 7 Ways He Can Make the New York Knicks a Contender in 2011-2012

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Carmelo Anthony: 7 Ways He Can Make the New York Knicks a Contender in 2011-2012
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Carmelo Anthony will determine if the Knicks can ascend to the next level.

After a roster-shaking move and subsequent sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics, it's obvious—the New York Knicks have work to do.

With the NBA Draft rapidly approaching, the attention is focused on who the Knicks should target, and whether or not they will be able to move up in the draft and/or acquire additional picks.

With the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire, questions abound as to whether there will be an extended work stoppage and what the rules of the new system will be.

One thing that most people aren't considering, however, is what steps Carmelo Anthony can personally take to try to help the New York Knicks.

Their success over the next four years will depend on him and his advancement. That's a fact.

Who the Knicks draft—and what the new collective bargaining agreement says—isn't likely to play a bigger role in the team's immediate success than Anthony and whether or not does these seven things.

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