So a player is not a leader unless he stays with the team that drafted him for his entire career? Fact is, he poured his heart and soul into that franchise every year and was a leader of Team USA as well.And what does it say about a guys leadership when he wants/begs/pleads to get off of his own team, a team he was drafted to be the leader of?
This is not true, Felton is a proven starter on a playoff team. His stats are right in line for Brown's sluggish offense. Comparing him to Gallo or AR is dishonest. Further I never said he was a star but he is a solid PG and should thrive in our system. (plus his contract is short and reasonable)To me, Felton is as unproven as any of the other guys. He looked good in some games but it's not like this guy is a superstar. And he certainly ain't Wade or LeBron, and he ain't Allen when the Celtics got him.
Well that's the whole point...those players we traded for were not that good and did not fit into the roster. Further we did not have any superstars on the roster to play along with those acquisitions. There is more than one way to build a championship roster but unfortunatley for the KNicks the draft has not been so kind. Boston may have had Rondo and Pierce but they needed to bring in Allen and KG to win a title. The Heat brought in Lebron and Bosh and most likely will win as well.
Again, you misunderstand what I am trying to say. I am not saying that Curry or Steph are as good as Melo. It's the logic that is flawed. Tell me when it stops with the trading draft picks and trading young talent. How many teams have been successful gutting their teams for "bonafide" stars? The Celtics drafted Rajon Rondo. The Lakers drafted Andrew Bynum. The Spurs built their entire team through good drafting and player development. So did the Thunder. Yes, a key trade or two was needed, but the fact is we are ultimately still rebuilding, whether you like it or not. We need to keep young talent on the roster, let them develop together, lets see what we have. We could get jumpy, and gut our entire team like the Nets were willing to do. Or we can bide our time and actually watch our players play even ONE GAME together so we can see what we have.
And yes, while it has been stated before I must reiterate that if we are good our future first rounder will be in the 20's hardly worth crying about. The reason the previous trades were extra bad is because they did not make us any better so we ended losing out on lottery picks. There is absolutely no way (except injury) that a core or Amare and Melo won't be winning 50+ for many many years so a 2014 will be something like the 24th pick.
You advocate letting them develop but ignore that we have a superstar in his prime right now and could potentially pair him with another superstar in his prime. Do you really see either Gallo or AR becoming on par or better than Melo? Really? I don't so the only hope is they both become all-star caliber and compliment one another but again that is a big IF.
Potential is great when you have no other options. Proven talent is always better! Melo is more than "more proven" he is elite and that's a fact. AR has never even played a game in a Knicks uniform and we obtained him for free since Lee was gone anyway. (check my post history because I have been calling for AR since he was drafted) That said I will not shed a tear if his departure gives us Melo. Gallo is indeed a great prospect but he has played in 1.5 seasons and has a back issue that can always come back. I like Gallo a lot but I don't ever see him getting to the Melo level.The fact is, people want to say we have this, we don't have that, potential is nada. That, to me, is beyond idiotic. We have been down the path of trading prospect for proven. Just because Carmello is "more proven" does not make trading MORE prospects than we ever traded before LESS idiotic.
Sure, any player has the potential to be a bust but the likelihood that Melo comes to NYC and sucks is very slim. His likelihood of coming here and being great is way higher than both AR and Gallo becoming elite and that is the real crux of it. I'll gamble on Melo over AR and Gallo any day!Yes, it is an IF. But Melo is also an IF...just because he had success one place does not mean he has success here. Many ELITE players have come to NY and have failed in every single sport.