New York Knicks: Relying on Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony Will Doom Team

March 17th, 2012 by Michael Dixon Leave a reply »
The last thing the New York Knicks need to do right now is to depend on Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. Cite whatever numbers you want, but the fact of the matter is that these two do not have skill sets that mesh with each other. 

Unfortunately, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, new coach Mike Woodson is doing just that.

Woodson, calling Lin “in a learning stage,’’ said yesterday he is turning the focus of his new deliberate offense to his bread and butter: Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, the Knicks’ two stars who combine to make $37 million this season.

Just in case we're all forgetting, Stoudemire's best years came in Phoenix under Mike D'Antoni in that famous "Seven Seconds or Less" offense that was a lot of things, but deliberate was not one of them. They got out and ran, putting consistent pressure on the defense. 

Playing deliberate means slowing down into a half-court style, relying a lot more on isolation and screen plays. Nothing about that works well with Stoudemire's game.

Conversely, if you want to push it up tempo, then Anthony becomes virtually us ...

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