Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Examining Carmelo Anthony’s Offseason Dilemma

When it comes to NBA scorers few operate with the potency of New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Antony. He can generate offense using an array of moves like posting up, or by hitting a jumper. Currently Anthony averages around 28 points per game, which in typical seasons would have him possibly thinking MVP. Well misfortunes of this Knicks team have wiped away any chance of achieving such accolades.

Last year of course New York finished respectable at 54-28 before losing to the very talented Indiana Pacers in second round action. Getting back to ‘Melo during this discussion can create such debate as to how valuable he is. Star status is something that Anthony has earned in terms of a pension for taking over games at times. Sadly, there are too many instances where ball movement suddenly halts when isolation plays become much too common place. Right now they are mired in a seven-game losing streak, while most likely slipping out of Playoff contention. Again competition for these bottom two seeds is less than stellar. Anthony’s tendencies for lack of passing cannot be only his fault.

Owner James Dolan has not assembled a quality team.

Yes injuries have hurt but you’re supposedly contender before this season while so called significant additions are one-trick pony Andrea Bargnani  and an eroding Ron “Meta World Peace” Artest.  Amare Stoudemire’s horrid contract prohibits much room for immediate improvement. It is said to be Anthony’s intention to retire as a Knick. There are much more favorable fits out West in possible sign-and-trade scenarios with perhaps the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers or Houston Rockets. Even signing outright with aging Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers would be more appealing. Getting away from this mess with misfit parts like JR Smith behooves Anthony despite Madison Square Garden’s allure. Fans are planning to protest March 19th and they are more than justified.   

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