Why can't Knicks fans just Melo out?
Coming off a year in 2012 where he led the NBA in scoring and playing through a bad shoulder injury, Carmelo still gets slammed that hes not a leader and is very selfish on the court. Leadership isnt always measured by saying something, it can be measured by setting an example. Since Mike Woodson has been named head coach, Carmelo has played more defense than he probably has in his career. He's a small forward, guarding guys that have at least 30 pounds on him and possibly a couple of inches. He never complained about it at all last year.
Anthony's biggest fault is that he isn't LeBron James. How you can fault someone for not being someone else is besides me. I'm not gonna give you stats to back up my thought. I'm gonna use the old naked eye to give my opinion. Patrick Ewing use to get blamed for the same thing; not being Michael Jordan or better.
Sports is often about timing, especially when you talk about athletes' careers. If this current Knicks team was put together about 5 years ago in the Eastern Conference, they would be going to the NBA finals year in and year out. These current Knicks aren't in bad shape. If you were to listen to some of these fans, you would think they're gonna be a terrible team. This group has a shot at getting to the finals, but if you were to remove Carmelo, that shot goes out the window.
Its pretty sad that a lot of Knicks have forgotten the Isiah Thomas years as General Manager and Head Coach. The Knicks were a laughable franchise on so many levels. Between guys eating themselves out of the league and being charged with sexual harassment, they were a circus that never ended. It was a very painful era to watch and read about.
That all ended when James Dolan hired Donnie Walsh as GM. He got the Knicks under the cap to have a shot to make a trade for a player like Carmelo. These type trades change your franchise for years to come. That's exactly what it has done. Now, the Knicks are a top 5 team in the Eastern Conference in back to back years. I'm not saying it's only because of Carmelo, but you need him to beat Lebron and company. Hes not afraid of the big moment or failing, just like Ewing wasn't afraid of failing.
The reason I am tying these two together is that I feel like a lot of Knicks fans in the '90s didnt enjoy what they had in Ewing. Now, I'm starting to feel like we are entering the same type of mentality with Carmelo.
Hey Knick fans, how about you enjoy the type of team we have instead complaining about what Carmelo isn't good at? He gives the Knicks the best chance right now to chase a ring. Unless you can get Lebron tomorrow, this isnt gonna change. Embrace his greatness because if you don't, it's not guaranteed the Knicks won't end up being terrible again just like they did after Ewing left!