I've been seeing alot of Carmelo bashing the whole season. One being his "lack" of defense.
Melo is my favorite player but I feel he has room to grow as a player if he wants to win.
As we all know, Melo is "Arguably" the best offesive player in the game.
I've watched him since highschool, and the game has always come easy to him.
I do beleive Melo is an... good defender, but it could/should be premier.
The thing that kills me about him is that he wll take on any challenge, but only when he feels it necessary to. He seems to let his game speak, which is cool, but in a situation like he is in now, where his coach is offensive minded, I think he should take control.
Motivation builds confidence, and confidence can take you a long way. There are players who can will their team to wins by taking charge. Let the team KNOW what to do, were to go, give advice, curse out (depending on the player, some dude are mad senstive) cheer on, coach etc...
The world knows the knicks can score at ease, even if the coach doesnt preach it, players CAN MAKE each other dig in on defense, rebound, show intensity, give all their heart on both ends of the court.
I personally give up on bashing Dantoni (until the playoffs atleast lol) and want to see either Melo or STAT or chauncey, the VETERANS of the team, take charge and actually will the team win. Like the Miami win!
Flashes of brilliance arent good enough. Like his D on kobe when dver was in the west finals, or the block he had his second to last game in denver to seal the game or even every time he plays lebron. Team USA said he was a leader, do it for the home team!!!
I personally think we will shock whoever we play first round of the playoffs, I just hope we get a true C this offseason.