This new era for the New York Knicks isn’t exactly starting the way fans had envisioned. In fact, it’s turning into quite the nightmare.
It looked like all fun and games when Melo debuted as a Knick on February 23rd with 27 points and 10 rebounds in a 114-108 win over the lowly Bucks. However, the high from that game was short lived as they fell to the Cavs two nights later 109-115. The big three, Amar’e Stoudemire, Chauncey Billups and Melo all had a big night with loaded stat sheets but the worst team in the NBA dropped 115 on them.
They responded with a win over the Heat and later with a win over New Orleans but both are arguably two of the most up and down teams in the league outside of the Knicks themselves.
Since the acquisition, the Knicks have gone 7-8 with back-to-back loses to the Pacers, a loss to the Pistons and an embarrassing defeat handed to them by the very team Melo debuted against, the Bucks.
Philadelphia has passed them in the standings and Atlanta has held onto their spot at fifth in the East easily with this New York team playing so poorly. Right now, they hold onto the seventh spot in the conference and are poised to match up against either Boston or Chicago in the first round.
It seems inevitable that Mike D’antoni will not be leading this team into the second round and could very well be looking for a new job come summer.
The Melodrama did not end after the trade.
After the 99-95 loss to the Pistons that dropped them behind Philadelphia, Anthony declined speaking with reporters. During the game, he refused to join one of the huddles and even went on to miss all five of his shots in the fourth quarter. Stoudemire has mentioned that certain players are having a hard time adjusting to D’antoni’s system and we all know who he is talking about…
However, I can’t imagine why it would be Carmelo since he’s shooting 44.3 percent from the field with 24 points and 6 rebounds a game as a Knick.
It’s understandable why Amar’e is defending the D’antoni system that he has been playing under his entire career; however, this may be a sign that the days of all shoot and no defense are numbered in the NBA.
His Phoenix Suns will forever go down as the team that never really accomplished much other than a trip to the Western Conference Finals and some MVP trophies for Steve Nash. They puttered out every season in the playoffs due to their style of play.
Now, he is enforcing the same system in New York but with even less depth. Against the Bucks, the bench only mustered 13 points and went 5-20 from the field. Their secondary unit is ranked 26th in the league with just over 25 a night. The longest tenured player on the team is Toney Douglas in his second season with New York and they lost one of their most talented players in Raymond Felton during the trade.
It’s a simple case of too much too soon for these Knicks that are also giving up 106 points a night since acquiring Anthony. You know you have a problem when the Milwaukee Bucks drop 100 on you when they are ranked last in the league in scoring at 91 a game. By the way, their bench had only two points against New York.
Even Melo has stated that it will take some time and he’s right. We all saw how slow it took Miami to finally start clicking and the same is true for New York. Their offensive system is different for both Billups and Melo but with the way things are going, that may be changing soon. New York is a high drama team performing in the world’s spotlight so of course they are going to get some flack for losing all these gimmies.
The Knicks will not be bringing the title home this year and a first-round upset is not in their cards. You can buy titles these days but they may need to wait until next year.