[Daily News] Danilo says Knicks didn't need Melo
[...]Before the Knicks scrapped their grassroots plan to acquire an elite scorer in Anthony, Gallinari was helping the Knicks earn their first playoff berth in 10 years. Amar’e Stoudemire was emerging as an MVP candidate, while Landry Fields was one of the league’s top rookies.
For better or worse, the Knicks went in a different direction after landing Anthony, who controls the ball and the shot clock, often at the expense of ball movement. Neither Fields nor Stoudemire have been the same since the trade.
The Nuggets are 25-11 since the trade, their latest win coming Wednesday night against the Nets, 123-115. The Knicks are 20-18, not including getting swept in the opening round of the playoffs.
“I don’t know (why Stoudemire and Fields have struggled). We were for sure, after the trade, we were two different teams,” Gallinari said. “Before and after the trade, two very different teams.”[...]
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Am i the only one who kept wondering how the prior-anthony team would had finished last season?
Did owner Dolan chose the right option?
Gallo article makes a helluva great point.....
Melo -vs- co-existing young depth-players (C-Mozgov, SF-Gallo, SF-Chandler,
PG-Felton) = less than $17M per. Think about their trade value after playing 2-
seasons together as a 2nd round playoff team?
The Pre-Melo Knicks wouldve been 3 times better on offense/defense than
what we have today....Gallo were playing real hustle-defense, moving without
the ball plus refusing to just hangout on the 3-ball line, which we all seen
Kiyaman didnt bash Gallo one game lastseason.
Dantoni is a different story.
The "trio" of W.Chandler/Gallo/Fields talents were improving and co-existing
as the season went on, it was that "trio" of players that complimented C-
Mozgov best talents to be put back into the rotation by having TD, Fields,
Gallo, and Chandler passing the ball to Mozgov & Turiaf in the paint for a
inside basket. It was not hard to see the confidence level of the "trio"
passing-game with one another improve every time Stat were sitting on the bench.
Stats consecutive 30 point games had huge help from his teammates to keep
the flow of Knicks winning streak. Rookie Landry Fields were allowed to participate
on the offensive-end of the court consistently (I believe Fields stats when
we beat the Miami Heat were 19 pts, 13 rbs, 4 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk).
Today, Landry Fields is not part of the Knicks offense in any manner of the game....
making Fields look as unhappy as DNP players Bibby, Balkman, and Jerome Jordan
sitting on the bench.
It is true, we did not have a great #1 scorer (Melo) we can count on to score
or go to the foul line within the last seconds of a game for a win.
Truethat....Melo is one of the top-5 players in the NBA u want the ball in his
hands at crucial moments.