Did The Knicks Do The Right Thing By Getting Carmelo?
The city of New York rejoiced when they managed to finally land Carmelo Anthony. The city of Denver thought that their best days were behind them. Boy, were both of them wrong.
The Nuggets have gone 10-4 since losing their marquee player along with Chauncey Billups and lead the NBA in scoring. They are currently 5th in the Western Conference and are hardly slipping since trading away Anthony. They held the Celtics to 75 points one night and blasted Charlotte by 40 on another. They are faster, quicker and not having to deal with the ‘Melo-drama.
And then we have the Knicks…
The Knicks are 7-10 since the trade. Yuck. They are 1-7 in their last eight. Ugh. They are under .500 for the first time since Nov. 23rd when they were 8-9. Argh. And the city of New York is ready to begin their uprising. Patience happens in about a New York minute, which means ‘Melo and company better shape up sooner than later or else they won’t have to worry about teams thumping them in the playoffs—the ruthless press and ever-so-lovely fans will be all up their backs and ready to run LaLa Vasquez out of town.
So therein the question lies: Did the Knicks do the right thing?
Well, of course they did. They had to pull the trigger on getting Carmelo Anthony. If they didn’t New York would have never forgave them. But now, they have to figure out how to make this thing work. Mike D’Antoni‘s offense doesn’t fit this squad and their mental lapses on defense only make matters worse. The problem is, perhaps gave up too much to get ‘Melo because the other pieces don’t quite fit. Sure, Chauncey Billups is a great player, but he’s not a Rajon Rondo who can kick an offense into high gear. They don’t have a true 2 guard who can stretch the floor and they don’t have an offense that benefits their style of play. Can they get it together? Sure they can. Will they? Who knows. If they can figure out how to get Chris Paul, they will be just fine. If not? They are going to be subjected to much criticism. We’ll see how Anthony and Amare deal with that kind of pressure.