NBA super-star Carmelo Anthony took a big risk staying with the lowly New York Knicks. Success came a couple of seasons ago when New York was able to be second best in the Eastern Conference only to the Big 3’s Miami Heat.
But things have since changed, and Melo may be thinking twice about his decision to stay in the Big Apple.
As of right now, the Knicks are seriously struggling on the offensive side of the basketball. According to ESPN, New York ranks 27th in the league (out of 30) in not just points scored per game (93) but also in rebounds per contest (40).
To put things in a better perspective, the win-less Philadelphia 76ers have a better rebound percentage, according to ESPN, by two whole rankings (Philly–25th, NY–27th). There are several questions that an undeniably talented player like Carmelo Anthony should be asking himself by now.
1. Would things have truly been different in New York if I had handled free agency better?
Carmelo kind of took it upon himself to make Knicks fans feel like the beginning to this season was going to end in a similar fashion as most Disney stories–happily ever after. The truth of the matter is that even though New York is barely at the twenty-game mark on the season, they can’t wait for this “happy ending” to turn the page.
2. Would joining Kobe in Los Angeles be a legitimate option?
During free agency, Melo experienced a unique sort of isolation that we haven’t seen an NBA player endure in quite some time. Although being one of the most premiere and high quality players to be in any generation, the attention and spotlight only went to Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. LeBron, as many anticipated, decided to move back in with the Cleveland Cavaliers and, in his own words come “home.” Kobe was finally able to fend off a tricky injury that limited him in the past season, so L.A. rejoiced accordingly.
Melo? He found himself trying to just get the measly headline of a local city paper. Could his decision have brought about a rush to judgment?
With the season that the Lakers are currently having, I am sure that Bryant would like some company to try and win one more title. Plus, Melo hasn’t gotten that feeling yet, so maybe it’s time to move from a big city to a better one.
3. And lastly, how much of the Knicks failure is my fault?
New York’s woes are not entirely one man’s problem. Anthony is going through what Kobe is in Los Angeles–a lack of winning components. While it’s great that the Knicks are trying to supposedly build for the future, Melo should be running out of patience by now with a desire to win immediately. Especially with how things are shaping out in the Eastern Conference, this would be the year of all years to win the West and go for the title.
Keith Rivas contributes to Sports Unbiased. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @bkrivas95