If the New York Knicks are going to be successful in 2014-15, they will need to run Phil Jackson’s legendary triangle offense impeccably. More importantly, they will need Carmelo Anthony to step up his game and lead the team to a level the organization expects. Apparently, Anthony already knew that, which is why he was seen sporting a much more toned look this summer.
The 30-year-old reportedly cut carbohydrates out of his diet this offseason so that he could have a physique that is similar to what he had when he entered the league as a rookie. The biggest reason behind the strict diet is because Anthony knows he will have to be quicker and more athletic if he wants to excel in the triangle offense while playing small forward. Clearly, this is a very mature decision by someone who is trying to take control of the team and increase his role as a leader on the court.
“He wants to be as athletic as he was when he was a rookie,’’ an anonymous source told the New York Post. “Plus he wants to be a facilitator in the triangle and speed will help that.’’
Along with cutting out carbs, Anthony has also reportedly been active by working out three times a day. His workouts include yoga, weights, basketball drills and agility drills.
In theory, this is a great idea. An increase in agility should allow Anthony to function better in the offense. He will be able to move up and down the court with ease while also improving his ability to get to the basket. The only issue is losing that bulkiness could be detrimental when going up against bigger, more physical opponents. On top of that, Anthony will be moved to small forward permanently, even though the evidence suggests he is more effective while playing power forward.
It will be exciting to see how this affects Anthony’s game in the upcoming season. It also will be interesting to see if his role in the triangle offense will increase his production and help lead New York on a deep playoff run.