So many may disagree and call me a Melo-Hater .. but Grunwald did a great job by adding Jason Kidd & Felton to our roster to run the point .. when Kidd have trouble getting two players (Melo & Amare) to mix it up in a halfcourt-offense & a uptempo-offense its a rap.
Do u recall: Felton & Pablo in the same lineup or Kidd & Pablo in the same lineup, but we keep seeing Melo & JR steady bringing the ball up court to run the point with the two PG in the lineup.
How does Kidd, Felton, and Pablo feel about their PF & SF doing their job, when everyone in the league knows Melo doesnt have the talent to be a point-foward, and JR is the worst combo-guard in the league.
I guess the no ball movement & non-team-ballin factor is all good when ISO-Melo shots are dropping, and ISO-JR.Smith shots start dropping after JR shoots 1-8
I believe the tandem can work, it has more to do with people giving up their egos and believing in the team as a whole. The way Shumpert , Tyson, and Felton plays is prime example. They put the team before their personal stats. Kidd is another example too but his ability is fading. Melo and Stat have big egos and it's hard to blame them when you look at their salaries. It's hard to put players with big reputations side by side and expect them to work together. Some people just don't get it and never learn that even though you're a superstar it takes 5 people to be on a court to win. You have to be willing to let go of getting all the glory in order to gain it in the end. You will put other people in the spot light and give them morale and incentive to play 100% meanwhile you yourself will gain the glory also because you're natural abilities will always be needed as a superstar. If you force yourself to gain all the accolades, in the end you'll end up losing because the other 4 teammates on the court playing with you end up not wanting to put in 100% effort. Jordan is unbelievably lucky that he had Pippen as his teammate because as great as Jordan's ego was, Pippen had ZERO ego to accommodate Jordan. It must've been hard to be in Jordan's shadow as great as a player as Pippen was. IMO, If he decided to go to a different team, he could've rivaled Jordan but then again neither of them would've won those extra 3 rings. The fact is, because of who Jordan was, whoever played with him had to lower his ego. Carmelo isn't the type of player where other stars will lower their ego to play with him because he just isn't as good and complete as Jordan. Jordan gave his 100% on offense AND defense which caused others in his team to basically do the same thing. The personality clashes of the Knicks' players is the downfall of the team. You can add up great talents but with clashes in personality and egos, there can't be great chemistry. I hope i'm dead wrong and the Knicks can get it together over the summer, sort of how the Heat did after losing to the Mavericks in the 2011 finals. However, I seriously doubt it. Pride is the barrier to many great players from winning championships which is why you can build championship teams around great players that have great chemistry rather than a team that stacks up superstars but have no chemistry because each player wants the team to go in the direction their own way. People with egos think they can only win through they way they envision it in their own minds. They don't trust the team's vision as a whole.
if amare gives it 100% effort of defense, the tandem can work. the only time he should be thinking about scoring is put backs. but, then again, amare is allergic to defense or mental issue. so, it will probably never work.
The problem is that they both play the SAME position: Power Forward. Both like to start their offense facing up at the top of the circle or iso to one side of the floor. So they trip over each other. Solutions: pick and roll using the two. Amare could set a pick and roll or pop while Melo gets to the rack or pulls up. OR, if STAT can pass Hakeem's big mans camp this summer then STAT could slide down the lane and set up low block two man game with MELO. But STAT would have to be effective enough to draw doubles to free MELO...Would be interesting to see the two on the floor together more but STAT needs to stay HEALTHY....
Do u see Amare, Melo, Felton, and coach Woody working-out their facilitating problem, and communication problem on defense at the gym during the month of July this offseason?
Neither do I.
I see another season of ISO-Melo-Rule not wanting certain teammates in the rotation .. 2013-14 will be another Injury-prone-season .. Kidd's decision to retire 2 weeks after being eliminated from the playoffs with two years left on his contract ......
My NBA experience is much longer than yours Knicksince 93 ....
Do u recall Magic Johnson rookie year winning the FINALS?
Do u recall rookie Magic Johnson first contract?
Do u recall how Franchise player Magic Johnson change the Lakers his 2nd season in the NBA?
Do u recall Knicks Headcoach Pat Riley pulling Starks & Anthony Mason out of the CBA League to take the Knicks to the FINALS?
Do u recall Oakley's 32 minutes per game dropping down to 12 minutes per game under Pat Riley?
Do u recall coach Pat Riley giving Oakley's minutes to the new player Anthony Mason?
Do u recall Pat Riley quit on us in the offseason after taking us to the FINALS?
Do u recall we hired coach Nelson, who put Anthony Mason in the starting lineup with our Franchise player Ewing?
Do u recall we Fired coach Nelson after 3 months of service, to let assitant coach JVG take over, and 2 weeks later we traded Anthony Mason who were playing at an All-Star caliber for a $84M Star PF-Larry Johnson (aka Gammama) who sat on our bench injured 4 straight seasons .. and coach JVG gave Oakley back his 32 minutes per game, plus put Oakley back in the starting lineup with our Franchise player Ewing?
Do u recall what happen when we traded Oakley to Toronto? and Starks to GS in the same offseason?
We went to the FINALS .. and FRANCHISE-Player Ewing demanded to be traded in the offseason?
This should explain why owner Dolan never hired Ewing for all the opening on the Knicks coaching-staff during several seasons of opportunities.
Red Flag ....
Owner Dolan pulled all the strings to get his new Franchise player (Melo) in a Knicks uniform...
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