The New York Knicks are months away from kicking off their last season with Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani on the roster. These two “superstars” were supposed to complete New York’s Big Three along with Carmelo Anthony, but besides clogging up the salary cap they really didn’t accomplish much.
In the summer of 2015, the Knicks will be after a second superstar to play alongside Melo under the tutelage of Phil Jackson in what they believe will be a realistic pursuit of the long lost NBA Championship they haven’t experienced since 1973. However, there’s a problem with that: Will Anthony be enough of an asset to attract big names to the Madison Square Garden?
There are three main aspects, in my opinion, that will make players be attracted to coming to the Knicks: Money, possibility of winning and respect for Anthony.
Being well paid and having the opportunity to win should be considered given features for the Knicks, who are now directed by one of the most successful names in the history of the league and have the Dolan Family writing the checks.
So what’s left? Melo!
Respect for Anthony is the most important aspect of attracting superstars to the Garden, considering whoever comes to the Knicks will know that Melo is their franchise player. He will get the laurels on wins and he will be scrutinized on losses. Besides, having a player of that caliber as a teammate means sometimes having to abide to his wishes, so if this given player respects Melo and realizes he will be a good teammate with focus on winning rather than being the center of attention, he will have no problem acting as No. 2. The opposite happened in the west coast, when Dwight Howard reportedly left the Los Angeles Lakers because he’d rather take a pay cut than play with Kobe Bryant for another season.
ESPN NY reported that Kevin Durant, Lance Stephenson, Nerlens Noel, Kemba Walker and many others have taken to the floor in Melo’s gym to scrimmage together and prepare for the season. If you ignore everyone but the 2014 NBA MVP, you can see Melo has enough respect from guys in the league as a man and as an NBA cornerstone. That is the ultimate good sign that the Knicks will be able to attract some fairly interesting names to the team come summer of 2015.