By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on July 14, 2014
Carmelo Anthony shocked no one by agreeing to re-sign with the New York Knicks, because it is obvious that he loves money and Madison Square Garden. Melo could have left this offseason for a contender, but the addition of Phil Jackson as team president made the ultimate difference. I have my questions about Derek Fisher, though, and here are five reasons why the rookie head coach is not a great fit with Anthony.
Jose Calderon's shooting and ball handling will help the Knicks improve on the offensive end, but Melo will find himself missing Tyson Chandler by the end of the year. The former defensive player of the year returned to the Dallas Mavericks this summer in a trade.
Anthony has blown up much more stable coaching situations than this, so Fisher better be precise once training camp starts. It helps to have someone like Jackson to bounce ideas off of, but the Zenmaster cannot help once the games start.
The Knicks are likely to give up a lot of points next season. They were not exactly stellar last year, and the point differential might even get worse since Jackson is trying to create cap space. Fisher might have to lean on Anthony's scoring to keep them in the playoff hunt, but the field might be too crowded for New York with all of the top free agents moving or staying East.
Steve Kerr would have fit this team quite well, but we all remember what happened once the Golden State Warriors missed out on their first choice. Jackson will have to make due with Fisher, but the team's new president has to get used to the fans calling for him coach. It does not mean the Zenmaster has to cave in, but he will always have to hear all the noise.
The Miami Heat have dominated the conference for the last four years, but this could be the year they are kicked off of their pedestal. LeBron James departing to the Cleveland Cavaliers opened the East up to four or five teams, and it should be fun to see who comes out on top.
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