I’ve been preaching this for a while now. I’ve been telling everyone, trying to explain to everyone that the Knicks just won’t be able to do it. It’s not their fault, necessarily and it’s not too complicated either.
The Knicks were on the right track a year and a half ago. They had a superstar in Amar’e and they had a great group of solid role players. Guys like Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Shawne Williams and so on. They weren’t title contenders but in a few years they would be on their way. However, New York isn’t a city that has too much patience. They couldn’t watch their team evolve and their role players evolve like they should’ve. They couldn’t have waited a season when Gallo would put up a career high 37 points at MSG. Instead, they threw their whole team down the gutter in return for Melo. The guy who wanted to come here anyway. The guy who would’ve signed in free agency. But again that word patience isn’t one of their strengths.
The 2nd half of the season went as expected for a completely new team trying to gel with one another. Melo and Amar’e were figuring out how to spread the wealth and the new guys figuring out their roles on the new team. After getting swept in the playoffs, gelling was still the excuse. Here we are, 16 games into the season and still they use “gelling” as an excuse. The reason this team can’t win is because they have two of the same superstar. It’s simple.
If you really compare Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony they are the same player. They even go one after the other in ESPN Rankings. They both love Iso’s they love the mid range game and can get to the basket. They also don’t enjoy passing too much. This explains why Amar’e shot selection, percentage and points per game have dropped since they brought in Melo. So when you add two Amar’e Stoudemires to one team then of course the ball movement will stop. Of course they won’t work together. They’re not compatible.
Take a look at Dwyane Wade and Lebron James. They are similar players as well, love driving to the basket. Aren’t the best shooters in the world. They’re extremely athletic and love to pass. That last aspect is what makes them compatible. They love to pass. If you have two superstars who love to pass then you’re golden. They will work together. But when both stars’ games revolve around one on ones, well don’t be surprised when you have a 6 game losing streak. It was stupid to get Melo through a trade. Getting Melo in free agency would’ve been smarter. They weren’t winning a championship anyway, and they would have a bench and some backups for when the offense got stagnant. They through away their future and now they’re in a ditch.
I don’t see too many ways to get out. I’m not saying they can’t turn it around and become a good team. But they’ll never become a championship contender with the team they have. They are pretenders like no other team. To be honest, I think you have to get rid of Amar’e. It’s definitely sad to part ways with the guy who brought you back in the first place, and is somewhat disrespectful. However, it’s gotta be done. This is no hit on Amar’e’s game I love him. He’s a great talent but it’s the organizations fault for ruining the cast around him. He is also a less willing passer then Melo so I would rather get rid of him. I think trading him for Deron Williams could do the trick for them. Giving the Knicks a willing passer to run the offense and move the ball. Also, getting rid of Melo’s unnecessary twin. That’s just my opinion.
The Knicks are in the presence of superstars. No doubt. But if you really disect their problems, you’ll find they have two of the same player.