I never supported the Melo trade, I respect Melo's talent and skill level and believe he can be a huge asset on a team that's built to contend. I never supported the Melo trade because it was going to destroy this franchise's future security with cap space and draft picks.
You say all Melo had to do was be better than Paul George, but why can't you account the fact Knicks weren't even a 100% healthy team in the playoffs? Pacers had all their major players from the 2012-2013 season.
In fact, in Game 2 Melo had 32 points 3 assist no turnovers on 50% FG shooting, where George had 20 points on 7 turnovers and 1 assist. Knicks scored 102 points, Pacers scored
In Game 5, Melo out played George, but that's not the point.
If you watched the series, refs favored Indiana by awarding them to the free throw line in every game, some were earned, others weren't. The reffing was too inconsistent to take this series seriously.
Indiana's FTA in each game
2. 25 (5 less than the Knicks, but Knicks still won 105-79)
4. 30 (Knicks had 14)
5. 33 (Knicks had 17 but still won)
6. 46 (Knicks had 18, shot 100% from FT)
Man, do you even remember Game 6?
You obviously missed out on a lot of things.
No god damn man is going to beat a team who gets 46 free throw attempts. Get out of here with that nonsense.
You're pretty strange for focusing the talent surrounding Melo and George but totally unaware of how the game went. Is this your only copout to justifying some mindless Melo critique?
The Knicks got screwed to hell in that series, it was unbearable to watch.
And the best thing you can come up with is build around Tim Hardaway Jr. and hope Jeremy Tyler can have one good NBA game after failing to make a role in the NBA for 2 straight seasons?
Look, I'm all for trading Melo. We need to move on and get as much value as we can for Melo RIGHT NOW before we let him go for nothing and we'll be ultimately screwed until 2018.
But you're doing it all around. Hardaway at best is a back up SG.
Tyson Chandler will not be a leader when he can't even lead his health, his body is fragile and his mileage have extended the NBA limit. Being a pro since he was 17 he's taken a lot of wear and tear on his body. To expect him to be the leader of the franchise until 2018 when he can't even represent himself on the court without getting hurt is just a false promise to yourself. Chandler has 2-3 seasons left in him at best.