For Carmelo Anthony, competing for a championship or bragging rights is a figment of his imagination. I think it’s safe to say that when the deal was done on Carmelo coming to New York, we were not expecting this. With major talks about his future in New York growing, one can only wonder what happened.
The New York Knickerbockers have created a love hate relationship with its fans. The hiring of Mike D’antoni in 2008 definitely raised a few eyebrows. The Knicks were already defensively challenged and a coach who thinks offense first and defense if the mood is right was hired to turn things around.
Hey Pop, how many times have you’ve beaten Mike D’Antoni in the playoffs?? pic.twitter.com/0OiwQoMKwu
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) May 12, 2017
Carmelo Anthony arrived shortly after in 2011 and the chemistry between the two was nothing short of abysmal. Mike D’Antoni didn’t even last a full season with Carmelo before resigning as head coach. Under interim coach Mike Woodson, Carmelo and the Knicks finessed a 54-28 record earning a number one seed in the East.
Anthony averaged 28.7 points that year and even received a MVP vote. The Knicks continued their run in to the post season when they defeated an aging Celtics team in the first round. They eventually lost to the Indiana Pacers in the semifinals in six games but it was at this moment where fans felt “This is what we’ve been waiting for.”
New York Knicks, Carmelo, and Disappointment
Unfortunately the Knicks haven’t had a winning season or made the playoffs since. Coming off the most media distracting season of his career, Carmelo can sense his services in New York City are no longer wanted. Melo met with Team President Phil Jackson recently, although nothing has been resolved.
Carmelo Anthony in the gym with his son working on his game. 💯🔥
— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) May 11, 2017
It has definitely been a grueling 7 seasons of watching the Carmelo Knicks Tape. As a Syracuse Basketball fan, seeing Carmelo raise a trophy cloaked in blue and orange for a second time could’ve been a dream comes true. But with Melo seeing “the writing on the wall,” writing this era off as a loss sounds a lot more realistic.
If he does end up out of New York, hopefully he lands somewhere just as competitive as him.