Up until a couple weeks ago, I truly believed the New York Knicks would work out a contract with Carmelo Anthony and keep him in New York for the next five or six years. Carmelo stated that he’d take a pay-cut to free up some cap room for the team to add quality to the lineup. Anthony is having one of the best seasons of his career and he’s been competing at a high level each and every night. Then February came along and washed away any possibility of Anthony staying in New York.
Signing Carmelo Anthony was New York’s No. 1 priority. He’s one of the best scorers in the NBA and with some help around him, he could make the Knicks a serious contender in the East. It was only last year that the Knicks made it to the 2nd round of the playoffs and fell to the Indiana Pacers. They showed some promise and with a couple of improvements the 2013-14 season was supposed to be a good one for the Knicks. But once February rolled around, the New York Knicks showed their true colors as a team and as an organization.
Coach Mike Woodson has to go; finding a new coach is now the team’s top priority. Woodson has proven that he is clueless and has probably been the worst coach in the league this season. Injuries and off-the-court issues have kept guys out of the lineup and have provided distractions for the team. The front office did nothing at the trade deadline and at times, it looks like Tyson Chandler is the only guy playing with Carmelo Anthony. The rest of the team has played heartlessly and selfishly.
So why would Carmelo Anthony, in his right mind, come back to New York when the team’s management has done nothing whatsoever to help him out? No one could have predicted that Amar’e Stoudemire’s game would drift off into obscurity the way it has the last three years. The Knicks have no bench and last year’s NBA sixth man J.R. Smith is struggling to even touch rim on his shots. With not much money to play with this off-season, the Knicks aren’t going to be able to do much in free agency.
Most of all, the Knicks need a point guard and though there are a few free agents they could negotiate with, they may not be able to even afford any. Carmelo Anthony is scoring at will and when he’s hot, no one can stop him. But he’s not LeBron James. He can’t do it all by himself. He needs a point guard and a couple of guys who can shoot the ball well in important situations. The Knicks aren’t clutch and they can’t close games. Carmelo would be smart to leave New York and play elsewhere because at this point in his career, he wants to make a name for himself, make history and win a championship. He’s a free agent after this season and he should leave this team and never look back.