The Knicks have their own “Big Three” in Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, but proved to be no match to the eventual NBA Champion Miami Heat in the playoffs. - (⑧s: no regard for circumstance on that comment)
For much of the season Anthony, Chandler and Stoudemire struggled while on the floor together, with spacing issues causing Stoudemire to average 17.5 points per game after scoring 25.3 per game in his first season with the Knicks.
“It’s up to Coach [Woodson] to decide how he wants to coach the offense,” former Knicks forward Charles Oakley said while promoting Moore Training resistance bands.
“I think the problem with the Knicks is that their best two guys don’t make the people around them better. You see it with the Miami’s, the Oklahoma City’s, the Bulls, their top guys make others better. If that’s the case, I’m going to make sure that my top two guys have the ball at all times.”
The Knicks’ big three have all been honing their games this offseason, with Chandler and Anthony winning Olympic gold in London and Stoudemire working with Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon in Houston.
“[Stoudemire] is looking to fine tune his game, because if you want to be successful in this league you have to change up your game,” Oakley said. “Amar’e is just doing whatever it takes to make himself better and for that I tip my hat to him.”
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Can't deny that the man has a point or two. I like that he's encouraging STAT's approach, and that he has put Woodson on the spot to make it work as coach of the team.
All that remains is a willingness from Anthony, and I'm sure he'll respond accordingly. His game can ascend to a new level if he starts making things happen for others. That, undeniably, will make his scoring easier, depending on that necessary willingness.
High hopes and expectations for 12-13.