[...]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?