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Can Carmelo Anthony Coexist With Jeremy Lin?

Submitted by on February 13, 2012 – 9:19 amOne Comment
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Lin-Sanity is in full swing and has rekindled the fire that may make the New York Knicks playoff bound. It’s amazing considering that the Knicks have been without their two stars, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. Over the last five games, Lin has averaged a remarkable 26.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 8 assists. This is coming from a guy who was deep on the New York Knicks bench and in danger of being unemployed. But all of that has changed and the Knicks are on a five game winning streak and currently sitting eighth in the Eastern Conference. With Stoudemire returning Monday and Anthony returning some time this week, it will be interesting to see how they can all play together.

Don’t worry about Stoudemire, he’ll just be happy that there’s a point guard that can get him the ball. He has struggled without a real point guard in New York. After Raymond Felton‘s departure, the Knicks were unsuccessful finding a replacement until Lin came around. It should be fun to see Stoudemire thrive off of Lin’s play at the point.

What I’m worried about is Carmelo Anthony and if he’ll be able to coexist with Lin.

There are those that figure that Anthony domination of the ball will hurt Lin’s value to the team. It certainly has seen Stoudemire’s value dip since the arrival of ‘Melo. However, it’s not as if Anthony hasn’t played well with other point guards. Andre Miller and Chauncey Billups both functioned well with Anthony. In all actuality it could help both players as the pressure will be taken off Lin as team’s restructure their respective defensive schemes to shut him down. With Carmelo always being the focal point, he will have the ability to move around and not be on top of the ball at all times. Considering the shortened season that has been wearing down a number of players, Melo could chop off some minutes and feel comfortable re-energizing on the bench.

There will be some growing pains, but hopefully they can all win some games together. If the Knicks begin losing games, then that’s a whole different story altogether.

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