It was a good thing NBA All-Star Weekend began just two days after the New York Knicks lost an overtime heart-breaker to the Sacramento Kings. Despite Jimmer Fredette, the Knicks looked disoriented and done for the season. At the end of every NBA All-Star break comes a new beginning, especially if you are Carmelo Anthony. Anthony is having one of the best seasons of his career as New York sits at a measly 20-32 in the Eastern Conference. Though they’re still only 2.5 games out of a playoff spot in the weak conference, they haven’t looked like a team capable of making a postseason run.
The Knicks needed a break, a temporary vacation from the stressful struggles which quickly become permanent in the midst of an underachieving season; there is nothing better to provide that vacation than the NBA All-Star break. The weekend has hopefully provided the team with a breather and some motivation for the final 30 games. But for Carmelo Anthony, this weekend has most certainly been one of contemplation and eventually, a decision.
Now I can’t give the actual NBA All-Star Game any added significance because we all know that it’s meaningless. But, if I must say, Carmelo showed up to play and not only did he show up, he broke an All-Star record with eight three-pointers made. He was an integral part of the East’s 163-155 comeback win in what was the highest scoring All-Star game ever. The game means nothing to teams and to fans, like I said, but for Carmelo this one meant everything. The game made up his mind for him.
So does Mr. Anthony continue his all-star inspired performance and lead the Knicks to a legitimate playoff run? Or does he realize that if he’s surrounded by All-Stars, he becomes a record-breaking player? Carmelo will continue to sweet talk the media regarding his future with the Knicks, but these first few games after the All-Star break will make his mind up for him.
If the Knicks don’t come out fired up in Memphis on Tuesday, I don’t think they’ll ever get going this season. If New York isn’t motivated after this break, next year’s team will look a whole lot different than this year’s and Carmelo Anthony will not be part of it.
If you knew that you would not only get more money with another team but also have a better supporting cast and a general manager who knows what it takes to win, would you stay or would you go? That’s what I thought.