His defense is bad, but Melo's defense has been as bad. Melo's been getting lazy and only played defense in the first 20 games of the season.
He kinda settles for being a playoff contender, not a champion. This is the difference between Melo and Duncan. Duncan plays maxed out every game, injured, a game off...on both sides of the court, offense and defense.
Melo's problem is that he knows he's as talented as anyone and he settles for that as a player overall. He slacks off defense for the mid portion of the season and by the time he turns it up at the end, it's not as good as he started off in November/December.
For us to be successful, we need Melo to be a two player.
Till then, he's Glen Robinson on a molly. I know he's better than that which saddens me.
Amare Stoudemire should be used as trade bait in the off season. Give him minutes let his numbers inflate so his value can increase. Keeping Amare for another season will put this franchise in great debt in terms of missing out on a potential draft pick or player we can actually use 5 years from now.