New York Knicks Showing Carmelo Anthony Glimpse of Possible

December 9th, 2014 by Jim Cavan Leave a reply »

Carmelo Anthony knew what he was getting into. The full-flux roster, Phil Jackson’s philosophical overhaul, the risky runs at big-name sidekicks—all par for the course, so long as his ledger and legacy could be made whole.

But “rebuilding” hardly describes what the New York Knicks are doing. Anthony isn’t a foundation; he’s a singular pillar poking through a pile of rubble.

What’s worse, the Knicks must become just that before the building can truly begin.

Whatever these Knicks are, Melo had better get used to it. Because neither Zen nor million-dollar men can guarantee anything else.

It’s easy for Knicks fans to seize the silver lining: The worse New York gets, the better its draft-day prospects become.

That’s all well and good if that rook is rank-ready and can contribute immediately. Perhaps Jahlil Okafor really is the next Tim Duncan. Perhaps a year in China will render Emmanuel Mudiay an instant Finals-caliber floor general.

These things could happen. Except, they won’t. Not a chance.

So unless Jack ...

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