Carmelo Anthony: Do the Knicks Really Need Him?

December 13th, 2010 by Sammy Makki Leave a reply »
When the New York Knicks got snubbed in the summer by LeBron James, they signed A'mare Stoudemire to a maximum contract with hopes of getting Carmelo Anthony either during this season or as a free agent in the summer of 2011.

That was when they thought Stoudemire was a second-tier type player who needed an Anthony to make the team a contender.

Not much was expected out of this season—perhaps little improvement if anything—and the Knicks were headed for another season of irrelevancy.

All of a sudden, after starting the season 3-8, something unexpected happened. The Knicks can't lose anymore. That's right, can't lose. Since their dismal 11-game start, they've gone 13-1 and are in the midst of an eight-game winning streak as we speak.

In virtually every Knicks-related article or news story, two things are mentioned. Either they won because they beat a bad team or when is Carmelo coming to town? Neither of those topics should be discussed anymore.

Let's take a look at what's happened over this stretch. The Knicks were beating weak teams having been handed the second-easiest schedule in the league next to the Lakers ...

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