NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After the Knicks fell to the Pacers in six games in the Eastern Conference semifinals, many criticized superstar Carmelo Anthony’s supporting cast.
Shooting guard J.R. Smith struggled mightily and center Tyson Chandler was nowhere to be found. Even Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s coach at Syracuse when the Orange won the 2003 NCAA National Championship, called out the ‘Bockers. The Hall of Famer said that the Knicks are not built to win with their present cast of characters, so the blame shouldn’t be pinned on Melo.
“A lot of people think I said it because I’m a Melo fan,” Boeheim told the New York Post on Tuesday. “But I’m just being objective as a basketball head coach who watches 60 Knicks games a year.”
It turns out that Anthony might agree with his former coach.
The six-time All-Star is worried that general manager Glen Grunwald won’t add an additional piece in the offseason, a source told the New York Post.
“He believes the team needs to add a bona fide secondary scorer for the Knicks to take the next step and win a championship,” Marc Berman of the Post wrote in regard to what the source told the newspaper.
The source also told the New York Post that Anthony is very fond of Iman Shumpert — who played very well in the second round of the playoffs — but the small forward thinks that it will be two years before the second-year player develops into a superstar player.
Anthony, who is dealing with a partial tear in his left shoulder, can opt out of his contract after next season.
Grunwald said last week that New York will be “creative” in attempting to improve the roster, but he did admit that the core of the Atlantic Division-winning club would most likely return for the 2013-2014 campaign.
With limited cap space to work with and the majority of the roster under contract, Grunwald doesn’t have much wiggle room to make significant changes.
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