Imagine a time in which Carmelo Anthony decided to finish out the year in Denver just for a second; now picture what it would be like if at the end of the season he would have just signed with the Knicks instead of demanding a trade. A time where they still had their first round draft picks, second round draft picks, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, and Danilo Gallinari. At that exact moment it should have come to realization that this is not the type of player you want on your team.
Before you get all up in a bunch about me hating on Anthony, I’ll have you know he has been my favorite player since entering the league and long before that as well back to the Oak Hill days. While he was never one to play much defense I just loved how fluid and effortless his offense seemed to be.
Back to the main topic though, to be honest I never wanted Anthony on the Knicks. Melo has long been considered one of the best offensive scorers in the league but has lackluster defensive skills that you need to succeed in the league. Although I shouldn’t say succeed because Anthony has done nothing but succeed in the league. Unfortunately, we are in a time in which the only things that matter are rings, and since he does not have any, he has not succeeded in the eyes of many.
Carmelo has long been overdue to move on from the struggling Knicks but will he? Obviously the answer is no because no team can afford to match his salary without getting robbed of players. Not to mention what the Knicks would ask for in return. So it really does not matter if Carmelo lifts his trade clause or not because he isn’t going anywhere.
Since joining Amar’e Stoudemire back in 2011, the Knicks have not made it past the second round of the playoffs. While this might be in large due to LeBron James joining the heat the year prior, it still does not fully excuse Carmelo for not making it out of the second round but once. Could that reason be it is not really the teams he has been on but more of the type of player he is? Melo firmly believes he is very underrated in terms of superstar status, but is he really? Don’t superstars generally make their team better and not worse? The past three seasons Carmelo has been the focal point of the offense but has not had any success. Anthony is what I call a me first player, one in which you love to watch play but would never want on your team.
Which brings me back to the first paragraph, asking the Knicks to basically give up everything they had in return for him should have been the point in which they knew he was not the right player.
Until Carmelo Anthony decides to put his team first, and start playing some defense, he will never win a championship.