New York sure has a way of “BREAKING” in superstars players or should I say breaking down their will. Carmelo pretty much looks defeated here after last night loss to the Boston Celtics. Its not really the fact that they lost to clearly a better team but how they lost; It was embarrassing. They lead most to 4th even though Melo and Amare were virtually invisible the whole quarter. And then there’s the big gash left on Melo face to add injury to insult.
Well, the honey moon is officially over. It’s already been a tough past two weeks for Carmelo and the Knicks leading up to last night. With the loss they are 1-6 in their last 7 games and they’re facing more criticism than ever which isn’t a surprise to me but did everyone really expect things to be easy? Just look at Miami. They’ve had their share of up and downs with the whole season to build a team. Knicks have had about a month.
Madison Square Garden my be the best place to play but its proven to be the toughest place to succeed for it’s own team. But like they say if you can make it NY, you can make it anywhere. When Carmelo will “make it” in New York remains to be seen. I just hope he’s strong as he claims because this is the only beginning.
People already are starting to hate on the trade; some of the same ones who were celebrating when it happened. I guess that that LOVE/HATE relationship Knicks fans are characterized by. It just makes me wonder what it really takes to win as a Knick with the burden of the games most impatient fans reinforced by high expectations placed on the organization. I mean, really are they cursed or what? I want this trade to work out soon, more for Melo’s sake than the city’s cause he’s a good guy unlike say….Marbury. I don’t think he’s the problem but last nights game was ugly. I’d say they hit rock bottom since the trade with a record of 7-9. Good thing is they can only move up from this point. Then again they do play the Magic today….
Alan Hahn of Newsday wrote a piece today highlighting what’s been on everyone’s mind since last night’s loss: we are experiencing the Carmelo Anthony that George Karl warned about.
There was a point in the night that pretty much summed it up and Hahn describes it as follows:
One moment that really stood out was during the 17-0 run in the third quarter — which was the result of the Knicks speeding up the tempo and moving the ball well for open looks — when Billups stripped Tayshaun Prince and Douglas raced it up the court. Anthony sprinted down the floor with Douglas and Shawne Williams made it a three-on-one. Douglas dished it to Williams for the dunk that gave the Knicks a 72-65 lead. The Pistons called timeout. As the Knicks bench exploded, Anthony turned with a smirk and just shook his head, clearly annoyed that Douglas didn’t give the ball to him for the easy two. Considering how much the Knicks struggled to get untracked in the first half, this should have been a moment that launched them to a blowout win. Instead, in the midst of a very positive stretch, one of the team’s main players was sulking.
This is something that I noticed as well. Carmelo Anthony is, for lack of a better term, bitching about not getting his shots. As a result, it’s not fun for his teammates to play with him.
I’m not sure what his problem is, but you came to this team to help Amar’e Stoudemire. Not to be the number one option, but to fit into a system with the other players.
This is a critical point for Amar’e to step up as a leader and get Carmelo on the same page as the rest of the team. If you watch the games, Carmelo still has that “me against the world” mentality. Stoudemire took the first step in acknowledging to the media that Coach D’s system works and everyone needs to “buy into it.”
That was a direct message to Carmelo Anthony.
Last night loss, Carmelo Anthony’s refusal to talk to the media afterward and Chauncey Billups having to stick behind and explain Anthony’s actions are MAJOR red flags.
I’m still not giving up on this and I fully believe that we should have made that trade. It’s really up to Carmelo to give up this selfish act that he’s putting on and become the team player that Stoudemire and the rest of New York wants him to be. If he doesn’t, he is going to experience fully what it’s like to be on a New York Knick Fan’s bad side.
Melo had an off night but most superstars act like this sometimes; KOBE pretty much all the time lol. I feel Melo still isn’t completely part of the team yet maybe mentally but he’s still the new guy trying to see where he fits in. Obviously his place is not the same as it was in Denver.
I figure I’d finally get this out the way before everything officially kicks of tomorrow. As far as my final four picks, I’m glad I waited to the last minute because of one little rumor involving Mr. Irving that has now been confirmed:
Surprise! Yep, Dukes in my final for no doubt. I’m interested to see how this works as far as chemistry goes. I’m glad hes back though. Maybe he’ll show why everyone still predicts him to be a top 3 pick in the draft. Hopefully him and Kemba can go head to head.
If Duke doesn’t make it to the Final Four I got UCONN winning it all. If they get past Duke then I think its their year. If Kemba and Lamb play like they did in the Big East Tournament then no one can beat them.
Those are my favorite teams for the tournament. Duke or UConn coming out the West and winning it all. I figure the rest of the Final Four will go something like: Ohio State, Pitt, and LOUISVILLE.
Ohio State is pretty much a lock across the board. And everyone I talk to (who knows Basketball) seems to like Pitt but I never really watch them though. I have been watching Louisville and I think they’re pretty solid but unpredictable. They have what it takes to go far if they all click. Other dangerous teams I’ll be watching close are SDSU and BYU as well as the obvious UNC, Purdue, Syracuse, etc who can make a run.
I like SDSU. People don’t realize how good they are. Potentially they can get to the final four as well. Remember they’ve only lost to one team this year and thats BYU (twice) who they eventually beat. I don’t want them to advance cause they’d knock out Duke and Uconn but its possible. BYU should be fun to watch of course. Without Davies I have them going maybe for a sweet 16 but Jimmer will have to go into Super Sayin mode to get to the Final Four. I’d probably like to see that happen, but it won’t.
As expected there will be a couple upsets and a few Cinderella teams will emerge, but no one can predict that (Look out for Oakland). That’s really what makes the tournament so exciting every year. This year supposedly is the most wide open. I guess we will find out soon!