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Mellowing on Melo

Posted by keithosaunders on April 19, 2011

Back in February when the Knicks made the blockbuster deal with Denver, trading half of their squad for Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, and a cast of thousands, the sports punditry proclaimed, “When you have a chance to obtain someone of that caliber, you must make the move.”  I ask you, what caliber?  Where is the brilliance we were promised; the prodigious scoring, and the seven rebounds per game?

All I see is a player who chucks up threes with reckless abandon.  To be fair, that’s all any Knick, save for Amare Stoudemire, does.  Never mind that there isn’t a team in the history of the NBA that has won a championship by relying on the trey as their main line of attack.  Coach Mike D’antoni is committed to this style of play, and his team has bought into the system.

The Knicks should have won game one of their playoff series with Boston.  They let a 12 point lead evaporate by eschewing penetration while chucking up brick after brick from beyond the arc.

When you have a player with the reputation and the stature of an Anthony, I expect more than just a three-point shooter.  WIth four seconds remaining in the game, with his team down by two, Carmelo’s answer was to fire up yet another desperation three.  You would think, without a clear look at the basket, he would try to get to the line to tie the game and send it into overtime.  Not this player, and not on this team.

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A different take on the Melo trade

Posted by keithosaunders on February 27, 2011

A few days ago I posted about the Carmelo Anthony trade, saying that the Knicks had mortgaged their future.  Shortly after posting I received a great rebuttal from Sherm, whose blog is called The Widening Geier. 

Mortgaged their future? I think you have it exactly backwards. This was about getting another bona fide scorer to build around in the future irrespective of the needs of this year’s team. True, this year’s team can’t rebound or play defense, but they’ll try to compliment Melo and Amar’e with guys who can over the next couple of years. Trading away young players and sacrificing cap space for guys who would fill the holes in this year’s team (rebounding and defense) would have been mortgaging the future. Clearly, the plan is to save cap space to add either Chris Paul or Deron Williams after next season and then get some cheap role players to defend and rebound. And lets not forget that Melo is a premier rebounding small forward as well.

The only player of any value they gave up was Gallinari. Chandler is a restricted FA at the end of the year and they were not going to waste cap space resigning him. Randolph has no offensive game at all. Mozgov was a project with terrible hands. Felton is a nice player, but a dime a dozen point guard and only under contract for one more year (same as Billips). They gave Felton two years knowing that Paul and Williams would be free agents after 2011-12 season.

Sherm makes a great point about Melo’s rebounding — in his Knicks debut he pulled down 10 boards versus the Bucks.  This to go along with his team-high 27 points.  Another great point is that after years of being saddled with salary-cap restrictions, the Knicks are finally in a position of having room to sign star players.  Clearly they will be able to augment this lineup in the offseason.

My problem with this team continues to be the coach — Mike D’antoni —  who is content to live and die by the three-point shot.  No matter how many great shooting forwards or point guards that the Knicks add, I cannot see them winning more than one round of playoffs playing the level of D that we have grown accustomed to under D’antoni.

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