The Knicks can sign players and trade players, but the team will sink or swim with the game of Carmelo Anthony at the helm. I’m not saying he has to do it all, I actually think he needs to do less. Having trust in his teammates is über important. Not many stars can have that trust.
Speaking of trust, Alan Iverson was one of those players that had a hard time trusting his teammates, and never could get over the top. He carried his team to a finals appearance; however the “me against the world concept does not work”.
The stars that give up the ball are the ones that win. That’s a fact. Jordan, LeBron, and even Kobe gave up shots and control to get to the next level. Can Melo do the same or will he end up like Iverson?
He says all the right things but at this point he needs to back it up. I think Melo and the team get criticized a lot by the media. Melo and his teammates have had a bull’s eye on their back since 2010.
Let’s just say this, the time is now. The fans do not want to hear from the media and front office personnel that their time is next year. This is it Melo and the Knicks! If winning is not on the horizon, then what is next for this team?
One championship is all the city asks for. This city is not looking that far down the road. Just one trophy Melo, just one trophy Knicks, you have the pieces to do damage. If you win one championship in New York, you instantly become an icon (ask Messier). When the ball is tipped on opening night the journey will begin. We will see what Melo and the Knicks are made of.
LeBron and the “Heatles” have reached the promise land and are gunning for a repeat. Which Knicks will show up? Will Melo carry this team or will he need Amare to help on this journey? Will these players gain chemistry or will Melo try to do it himself. I am of the belief that a little of both needs to take place. Melo is a far better player, but with Amare’s added low post presence, Melo will be able to play off him. Last year Amare played off Melo and things couldn’t have been any worse.
Take a breath and take one game at a time. Let us see if the New York Knicks can raise the banner and that trophy. Let us see if Melo will carry this team on his back or ask Stat to be his partner.
Peter A. Knickswag Chief Editor