He's been working hard most of the time since the firing of mda. It's annoying when people complain that he's not getting looks when on occasion he makes almost no effort (early-mid 4th @ pacers). As soon as he runs round a screen and gets open he gets the ball 75% of the time.
Lest we forget, Melo has always been a volume shooter. He needs to take a lot of shots to get into rhythm. For Melo to be unselfish, he will not be as effective as a scorer. You make the choice.
I think Melo and Lin can be good friends.
They are both smart.
***An example of this is that just because the Knicks started to lose games right after Carmelo Anthony returned, people started blaming him. But, there are always other factors. And, too many factors for us to start speculating about. But, people ALWAYS speculate without knowing all the facts.
Whatever we conjure up in terms of victories from here on out - offensively speaking. The Knicks are Chandler's team defensively - rests on the penetration and distribution of Lin from the perimeter, and Melo's post up and distribution both inside and out. Whatever STAT, Tyson and Fields achieve offensively should be a result of that.
The bench, naturally, are massive as well, but we can not always rely on our depth with starters the calibre of which we have.
They'll (Melo and Lin) come together and create quite the headache for any and all opponents, and then, as we saw fleetingly in both games VS Indiana, STAT will find his niche - preferably in the post - and we will be that much closer to completing the puzzle that D'Antoni dismantled, and Melo couldn't handle.
As I said at the start of the season, we win this battle with our vanguard (front court). Now that we've been miraculously fortunate with Lin's emergence, it's time to oil every gear and wake this beast from it's D'Antoni slumber.