There is no debate that Carmelo Anthony is a basketball star and offensive juggernaut, but there is one question that seems to routinely come up when he is discussed, and that question remains, who can play effectively alongside him?
Many believe that the 3yr/25M deal that the Rockets gave Jeremy Lin as the determining factor in letting him go, but there’s a strong fraction that believe he was allowed to leave because there was not enough evidence or assurances that Lin and Anthony could effectively co-exist.
Much of Lin’s star-making success took place while Anthony was injured nursing a hamstring injury. As we all know now, Linsanity unceremoniously came to an abrupt end immediately upon Carmelo’s return and Lin’s effectiveness along with Anthony soon came into question. When the smoked cleared, Lin was gone and the Knicks were left to find another option to pair with Anthony.
The same scenario seemed to play out with Amar’e Stoudemire as well. If you recall, a healthier Stoudemire was arguably playing the best basketball of his career while leading a Knicks’ resurgence, but like Lin, all that came to an abrupt end upon Anthony’s arrival. While injuries would soon overshadow any Amar’e/Anthony chemistry issues the question still remained, who could effectively play alongside Anthony?
It’s a question worth asking, especially witnessing a frustrated Anthony become even more of a one-man show instead of using his teammates, especially Andrea Bargnani, who seems to be a very capable co-star, during this 3-8 start.
Could Carmelo actually leave New York for the Lakers and a chance to win a championship with Kobe Bryant? Of course he could, but from what we’ve seen these past 3 seasons, until he proves he can play effectively with others, will the outcome be any different from it is now?