No homillz but Carmelo looks amazing this year. You can tell he put alotta hard work into his body, I dont know if I've ever seen him look this good. You have to be in GREAT shape to be able to play defense and offense for a full game. He looks ready
I saw this yesterday. The writer of the article sounds a little biased against Carmelo but if its true then it wasn't the right way for Melo to go about his business.
At the same time O Antoni is gone and we have 2 new point guards that it takes a week for them to turn the ball over as much as Jeremy Lin did in 1.5 games
So what sounds like a back handed snake move might prove to be a very good thing for this franchise. Im still not sure if I believe this especially with BSPN being the source. Where hating on the Knicks happens (ESPN would like to think Prokherov and Jay-Z for all the money they've received)(Go NETS!!)(Knicks Suck Ass!!)
I think whoever you are, you need to be surrounded by talent to reach the top. Kareem won one early, but struggled for years until Magic arrived. LeBron couldn't get it done until he joined forces with Wade. Even Jordan didn't make the finals until Pippen emerged.
I see a good parallel between Carmelo and Paul Pierce, because they are both scorers first and foremost. I think they both can handle alpha dog on the offensive end, but Pierce was at his best with KG in the middle (esp. on the defensive end), Allen's outside threat and Rondo orchestrating the offense.
Can we get that kind of balance with Chandler and our point guards? They are not in that category as far as I can see. The real problem is where Amare fits in. That's the real question.
Im glad Carmelo got his way because we will be a better team now.
Honestly before this season our rosters were imbalanced messes.
We went into last season with no bench and no guards. Its amazing how much we progressed. This is finally a time where we are well equipped enough to win a series in the playoffs and get a high seed. No more D'Antoni/Lin .500 basketball. We are better than that now.
Melo is not a leader not because of him being soft or soft spoken but because growing up in B-More you cant just run your mouth at guys and not scruffle or get shot.
If you notice throughout history most of the inner city stars were either head cases or lacked leadership at all, because their way of life growing up dictated how they communicate with one another.
If Melo yelled at someone it led to confrontation, so in the NBA he is around grown men and he doesnt understand how to get in someones ass without coming off sounding like he wants to brawl.
Leadership sometimes is lacking due to your upbringing and not your hesitation to speak up.
I dont think he loves the game enough to be a great leader. I dont think he has the same drive that these other players have, his personality is naturally less intense. And this is not criticism, its reality. The Knicks front office knew what they were getting when they got Melo and sometimes you cant make someone something their not. Thats ultimately up to Carmelo and we will see what he does this year.
So i guess i dont really agree with your theory Big Apple Sports. Baltimores a very mean place but I think Melo has put all that behind him. He doesnt look like someone thats worried about getting jumped on the court. He seems to laugh at alotta things out there, last night they called a foul on fields when he was guarding Carmelo and I saw Melo laughing after the foul was called. He laughs at little things like this all the time where as i think Kobe and even Lebron are more serious on the court