Melo Drama: Why New York Has Struggled Since the Mega-Deal for Carmelo Anthony

March 26th, 2011 by Quentin Haynes Leave a reply »
A superstar wants out for months, denied it, but quietly wanted a trade and even caused a ruckus behind the scenes.

Updates from Yahoo! Sports and ESPN every day of rumored destinations from Los Angeles, Dallas, Portland and New Jersey to, eventually, his landing to New York.

Carmelo Anthony has gone through a tough nine months, so one would think once he got to New York, his luck would turn, right? You would have thought the team would be better because it has two superstars, right?


In fact, Anthony’s tenure as a Knick has been anything but fantastic. In the 18 games Anthony has played in a Knicks uniform, New York is 6-12.

While Anthony has played at his normal level (25.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game), the Knicks' defense has been concerning. Ranking second in pace is great, but New York hasn’t been able to run the basketball up and down the court, mainly because it doesn’t benefit Anthony’s game.

That fact, along with lingering injuries to Chauncey Billups and Ronny Turiaf as well as lack of a bench, means this Knicks team won’t be getting better any time ...

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