With too many wings and not enough big men, the Knicks had to add more depth up front, and they did that by signing Jason Smith.
They should still be happy that their star is back and that the Knicks will be very competitive for the next four to five years, but it is going to be very hard to get to a championship level during that same time frame.
The natives are always restless, and as Melo embarks on the second half of his Knicks career, he is going to learn that quickly. How he handles it will help define his Knicks career.
This wasn’t a PR coup like LeBron’s return home to Cleveland, but it certainly will help Anthony’s image. Those things, however, tend not to last too long if the wins don’t follow.
There are no quick fixes here. Phil Jackson wants to build this team in his image, and it will take some time, with or without Carmelo Anthony.
Here are my most favored scenarios for how the Knicks should move forward in regard to Anthony and the roster over the next two seasons.
Jackson’s first move as Knicks GM is a good one because he got back more assets and value than he sent out the door. It’s also a great signal of how he intends to build this team into a title contender in the near future.
On Wednesday I explained why it is likely Carmelo Anthony departs for another franchise this offseason. Based on the replies I received on Twitter, that scenario really upsets a lot of Knicks fans.
Carmelo Anthony is not going to be a Knick next year. I know it’s a hard pill for many Knicks and Melo fans to swallow, but it’s inevitable.
No one had a bigger turnaround than Ginobili. He might not have won or deserved the MVP, but he was the difference-maker.
As good as Tim Duncan has been over the course of his career, there is no megastar on the San Antonio Spurs. This particular championship was a true team effort.
The Spurs are a better basketball team than the Miami Heat. At this point, it might not even be that close, either.
The Heat were losing, apparently, because Mario Chalmers wasn’t playing well. Huh? That is completely missing the true narrative of this series: The Miami Heat can’t stop the Spurs from scoring.
I feel much better about the hiring after hearing Fisher speak. It’s clear he’s something different, and maybe something special.
Will Derek Fisher be the next great Knicks coach? I have no idea. No one does. But he’s the guy Phil Jackson thinks can lead this team. That’s all the matters.