I never wanted Melo to come to New York .
In 2010, I was a desperate Knicks fan looking for
LeBron James a star to come to New York.
We settled for Amare Stoudemire (back when he knees could bend), and it turned out to be OK for a while.
Til one day in February, when everything changed. The Knicks sent the two brightest projects they’ve had since J-Craw and David Lee (Gallinari /Wilson Chandler) + draft picks for a star who wanted out of a losing franchise (Hmmm…).
Enter, Carmelo Anthony.
Melo and Amare never meshed. While Amare got mad at a fire extinguisher, his knees got mad at father time. (But I’ll save the Amare chronicle for a future post.)
Carmelo also said it would take Knicks 3 1/2 years to be a contender once they acquired him. Ah, this is Year 3 1/2 with Melo. Interesting
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) December 21, 2013
Now it’s 2014. The Knicks (23-40)
had a slow start to the season suck.
We should’ve traded him, like Denver did. Stephen A. Smith agrees. Melo is putting together arguably the best season of his career, with nothing to show for it. Now an entire franchise s stuck wondering what the hell he’s gonna do this summer.
No matter what Carmelo does this summer, the Knick are doomed next season. Chandler’s disgruntled. Shumpert wants out. They’ll be playing for ping pong balls in the 2015 Draft Lottery, not a ring.
If he stays, the Knicks won’t be able to get him any help. They’ll have to wait until 2015 to add that second star.
Melo doesn’t wanna hear about the 2015-16 season. He’s gonna be 31 years old (and Paul-Pierce fat).
What’s he gonna do?
Gut feeling: Melo joins the Chicago Bulls. The Daily News article will read something like this:
After (barely) missing playoffs for the first time in his NBA career, Carmelo opts-out of his contract with the Knicks in the summer of 2014. The Chicago Bulls will amnesty the under-appreciated (yet under achieving) Carlos Boozer and his expiring contract worth $16.8 million to free up cap room to sign the 7-time All Star.
When the Bulls traded Luol Deng , many read it as the Bulls being cheap. But if you look at their roster, that’s a open spot for Melo. SG Jimmy Butler’s looking like the Kawhi Leonard of the East Coast . Jo’ and Rose want ‘Lo .
With two go-to scorers and Thibodeau’s defensive acumen, the Bulls bandwagon would overshadow the Heat’s. Its up to Melo. Is he willing to take a pay cut to win a ring, and finally beat LeBron at something outside of an All-Star Game?
It’s his best shot at a ring, but like most shots in his career, this shot might not fall.
In 2010, I was a desperate Knicks fan looking for a star to come to New York.
I still am.