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    Woj:Carmelo Anthony's magical 62-point night shows why he should never leave New York

    Across a majestic Madison Square Garden performance of 62 points, Carmelo Anthony would've been wise to take a long look around, letting the thunderous noise, the love, wash down upon him. This is your life 'Melo, the best possible destination for the legacy of a ring-less superstar.

    The losing, the decaying roster, has inspired 'Melo to consider closely the possibilities of free agency this summer. WIthin the past several weeks, a longtime confidant of Carmelo Anthony confesses, something changed. Never did he believe there was a chance Anthony would leave the New York Knicks never the Madison Square Garden stage, never the $129 million contract extension.

    Only now, the gloom of the Knicks' season the uncertainty of the franchise's future left that man to believe it's possible Anthony could leave New York in free agency.

    "Chicago is much more in play for him than L.A.," the source said.

    The Bulls traded Luol Deng for draft picks and are leaning strongly toward using the amnesty provision on Carlos Boozer. They could create a maximum contract slot for Anthony, pairing him with Derrick Rose. For Anthony, it is leaving a cap-strapped team through 2015 for a Chicago proposition with significant risks of its own. No one can be sure of Rose's return to his MVP greatness, but everyone can be sure of one thing: The franchise's mandate isn't winning championships, but sidestepping luxury and repeater taxes to turn the fattest possible profits for the owner.

    As the Bulls have let talented player upon talented player leave because of money Omer Asik and Kyle Korver and Deng they've shown themselves to be a big market franchise with small-market sensibilities.

    There's something else, too: Between the 22 combined championships in Chicago and Los Angeles, there's no adulation for a star who fails to deliver a title. The Knicks have gone 40 years without a parade and could go another 40 without one and still Anthony would forever be treated with a level of reverence in New York. There are no beloved ex-Hall of Famers like Patrick Ewing and Bernard King in L.A. and Chicago just players who won championships, and just those long ago forgotten.

    For those who think 'Melo's burden has left him too beleaguered in New York, it could be far worse elsewhere. Knicks ownership has turned the franchise over to him, and that'll only escalate in free agency. Whatever he wants, they'll give him. Owner Jim Dolan let him run out Mike D'Antoni and Jeremy Lin, let him have his eccentric workout coach on staff for a significant six-figure salary. They've centered the marketing on him; his Jordan Brand Nike deal is worth a mint in a Knicks uniform.

    Truth be told, the grief that comes with this dysfunctional franchise is far less than he'd get with the Bulls and Lakers. In the end, Anthony would have to give up $40 million guaranteed to leave New York for opportunities that offer marginally better chances at championships. Anthony was fabulous on Friday night at the Garden passing King's franchise record of 60 points and Kobe Bryant's Garden record of 61 with ease.

    In the end, this is the essence of Carmelo Anthony: a peerless scorer deserving of holding the franchise's and arena's forever records. Every generation has its stars who were spectacular, but never complete enough to be the centerpiece of a champion. There's no shame there. This was a night when 'Melo's legacy as a scoring ace delivered him into the brightest light of this season, on basketball's most glorious stage at the Garden.

    For all the noise and all the love washing down upon him, Carmelo Anthony needed to understand that for his own good, his legacy, there's nowhere better for a ring-less superstar on a max scholarship than beneath those dusty, old championship banners from so long ago. This was 'Melo's night, his forever moment at Madison Square Garden. For him, there should be nowhere else.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/carmelo...054123184.html
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    Sounds kind of like a backhanded compliment by WOJ, basically saying Melo should stay b/c he'll get star treatment in NY regardless of a Championship. You're not good enough to win a championship but you have the keys to the city. NY will love you, it's been so long since they won a ship, New yorkers forgot what one feels like, so they'll love you regardless.

    He took a couple of shots at the Bulls as well, a big market team that functions like a small market.

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    It's exactly what it was. He's basically saying the Knicks fan and owner lets you do whatever you want and no other fan base would take mediocrity like them, so you're a match made in heaven.
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    Eh, I agree with a lot of what he said but some stuff stands out to me.

    First off, NY does not love it's stars unconditionally, in fact just the opposite. A lot of Knicks fans hated Ewing for years and a lot of Knicks fans hate Melo now. Maybe AFTER he retires that hate will turn to love, but Melo isn't Ewing in a lot of ways. Melo won't have a 15-year career here and he's not likely to be shipped off in such a crappy way the way Ewing was at the end. I'm sure after the dust settles he'll be appreciated by a larger percentage of the fan base than he is now but it's not like playing here is all roses and kisses like he makes it sound.

    Also, cheap owner or not, Chicago is an infinitely better situation. First off, Thibs alone oh my god. Secondly, Noah is far better than any other player here and unlike prayers of Love in 2015 he's already there and doesn't need the ball to play great. Even if Rose never returned to form Thibs can build around Melo just like he did Rose. Great defense and a offense ran through Melo that has to score 95 PPG to win games. Melo can do that in his sleep, just like Rose has there. Jimmy Butler is also a great compliment to Melo on the wing and with all of those draft picks they'll continue to add supporting talent around a core that is Melo-Noah-Butler at it's worst and Melo-Rose-Noah-Butler at it's best.

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    Idc if Melo scored 100 pts... Leave bruh

    Sign and trade:

    Bulls : Melo

    Knicks : Noah, Hinrich and a 1st.

    Then the Knicks trade Tyson expiring contract for a 2015 1st...

    2014 Knicks should be rebuilding and load in draft picks!


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    Kawhi is going to get murdered by Lebron. He is going to make a name for himself, as the guy who cost the Spurs a championship. Guy is garbage on defense.

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    Melo isn't going to Chicago their owner is a cheapo so no way he's gonna pay 30 mill to a guy in his late 30's.

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    Really nice article. I still believe with the right tools we can turn this into a championship team with Melo as the centerpiece.

    But I love how he dissected the Bulls. That organization really doesn't care about winning a championship. They have literally been one or two pieces away from winning it all; and constantly have dismantled those teams.

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    Knicks wont be a championship team w/good leadership from players and coaching staff. Melo is not a "leader" and that's not a knock on him. Ben Wallace wasn't a great player, but a helluva leader. I feel we need a strong leader who can get us over the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElishaJ1030 View Post
    Knicks wont be a championship team w/good leadership from players and coaching staff. Melo is not a "leader" and that's not a knock on him. Ben Wallace wasn't a great player, but a helluva leader. I feel we need a strong leader who can get us over the top.
    Please elaborate on what a leader exactly is?

    To my knowledge, the word "leader," is quite subjective and has a wide spectrum of attributes associated with it. Some lead by example in a very quiet manner, some are very outspoken and garrulous/loquacious, etc.

    I'm going to make life simple for you now, switch Melo with one of the other top 10 players in the league, anyone of them will do. NOW PLEASE factor in that the majority of our other players can't hit a wide open shot if there lives depend on it, we don't have a PG that can penetrate, we don't have SG's that can shoot and we don't have forwards/centers that can rebound at a respectable rate.

    Now how much "better" would our team be at this juncture if we switched superstars, fully knowing that the ENTIRE roster around them is playing at a subpar level, most of them having career-lows across the board statistically.

    Melo led this team to 54 wins with JR Smith being the second best player on the team last year. I like JR, but he's no 2nd option/2nd star for any team in this league.

    We've had awful luck with this team, and it's centered around our highest paid player in Amar'e. No fault of his own, he just can't stay healthy.

    I would REALLY like to see how good this team could be if we actually had a veritable 2nd star to play alongside Melo. To say he isn't a leader and not give any specifics to back it up, because essentially it's the "cool" thing to say on this forum is baseless. Please provide some evidence, any at all, to corroborate your claim. I don't think you'll be able to.

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    Some of these posts I'm reading are absolutely idiotic and ridiculous. Melo is our best player BY FAR, he's our best scorer and arguably a top 2 scorer in this league, he's a top 10 guy in PER, and he's the best rebounder on this team.

    A lot of these stupid cliches people attach to Melo are unwarranted. If our actual highest paid player (Stat) can stay on the court, and if our other guys could emulate their statistics from previous seasons, we wouldn't be in such a hole. But this year, everyone outside of Melo has been awful for us.

    Raymond and JR are having career-low years, Shumpert hasn't made the ascension in his 3rd year like some assumed he would, Tyson hasn't been able to stay healthy, and our highest paid player who was supposed to be the 2nd star to play with Melo hasn't been able to stay healthy since Melo got here.

    If you want to point the finger and blame, do it in a logical manner. Melo can only do so much, if guys have no idea how to hit a wide open jumper or defend a player 1 on 1, I seriously don't understand how that's Melo's fault whatsoever. He's the only guy that brings it every night and plays VERY hard for this team while leading the league in minutes played.

    SOme people don't appreciate what we have here.

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    What Melo accomplished yesterday was historic and should be appreciated and respected without any negativity. While a superstar can be expected to carry his team from time to time with 30 or 40 point games, 62points is personally and historically amazing. It was awe-inspiring to watch.

    I have been harsh towards Melo the last several weeks, criticizing him for not passing and for pounding the ball in iso plays. I still think he should actively move the ball more than he does. But that does not detract in any way from yesterday's amazing performance.

    From a team perspective, when Bernard King (my favorite player when I was a young fan) scored back to back 50 point games that was also a phenomenal accomplishment. Despite that, the Knicks were a lottery team that year. King tore his ACL, the Knicks drafted Ewing, and the two of them never got to play together - partly because of the ACL injury and partly because Knicks management was impatient with the healing process and allowed King to go to the New Jersey Nets where he became an all-star again.

    Why am I mentioning this? This year there is no lottery pick - or any pick for that matter - to draft a young player. There is no cap space with which to sign a skilled veteran. This is the team we have. Until King was injured, the Knicks at least had hope in the lottery. We have nothing.

    If the decision is to rebuild around Melo, I do not feel that we have until 2015 to engage in that process. Melo works extremely hard every day. I do not want him to get hurt or wear himself out. To expect this of Melo for another season and a half is simply brutal - even though I still feel he brings some of this upon himself with his style of play. If I was in Melo's shoes, I would want to see some action by the Knicks front office now in terms of trades. Otherwise Melo would have to question why he would want to re-sign with this team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dankster View Post
    Please elaborate on what a leader exactly is?

    To my knowledge, the word "leader," is quite subjective and has a wide spectrum of attributes associated with it. Some lead by example in a very quiet manner, some are very outspoken and garrulous/loquacious, etc.

    I'm going to make life simple for you now, switch Melo with one of the other top 10 players in the league, anyone of them will do. NOW PLEASE factor in that the majority of our other players can't hit a wide open shot if there lives depend on it, we don't have a PG that can penetrate, we don't have SG's that can shoot and we don't have forwards/centers that can rebound at a respectable rate.

    Now how much "better" would our team be at this juncture if we switched superstars, fully knowing that the ENTIRE roster around them is playing at a subpar level, most of them having career-lows across the board statistically.

    Melo led this team to 54 wins with JR Smith being the second best player on the team last year. I like JR, but he's no 2nd option/2nd star for any team in this league.

    We've had awful luck with this team, and it's centered around our highest paid player in Amar'e. No fault of his own, he just can't stay healthy.

    I would REALLY like to see how good this team could be if we actually had a veritable 2nd star to play alongside Melo. To say he isn't a leader and not give any specifics to back it up, because essentially it's the "cool" thing to say on this forum is baseless. Please provide some evidence, any at all, to corroborate your claim. I don't think you'll be able to.
    Very well said, I still think Melo is as good as any other star. If he would get foul calls his % would be ridiculous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dankster View Post
    Please elaborate on what a leader exactly is?

    To my knowledge, the word "leader," is quite subjective and has a wide spectrum of attributes associated with it. Some lead by example in a very quiet manner, some are very outspoken and garrulous/loquacious, etc.

    I'm going to make life simple for you now, switch Melo with one of the other top 10 players in the league, anyone of them will do. NOW PLEASE factor in that the majority of our other players can't hit a wide open shot if there lives depend on it, we don't have a PG that can penetrate, we don't have SG's that can shoot and we don't have forwards/centers that can rebound at a respectable rate.

    Now how much "better" would our team be at this juncture if we switched superstars, fully knowing that the ENTIRE roster around them is playing at a subpar level, most of them having career-lows across the board statistically.

    Melo led this team to 54 wins with JR Smith being the second best player on the team last year. I like JR, but he's no 2nd option/2nd star for any team in this league.

    We've had awful luck with this team, and it's centered around our highest paid player in Amar'e. No fault of his own, he just can't stay healthy.

    I would REALLY like to see how good this team could be if we actually had a veritable 2nd star to play alongside Melo. To say he isn't a leader and not give any specifics to back it up, because essentially it's the "cool" thing to say on this forum is baseless. Please provide some evidence, any at all, to corroborate your claim. I don't think you'll be able to.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dankster View Post
    Some of these posts I'm reading are absolutely idiotic and ridiculous. Melo is our best player BY FAR, he's our best scorer and arguably a top 2 scorer in this league, he's a top 10 guy in PER, and he's the best rebounder on this team.

    A lot of these stupid cliches people attach to Melo are unwarranted. If our actual highest paid player (Stat) can stay on the court, and if our other guys could emulate their statistics from previous seasons, we wouldn't be in such a hole. But this year, everyone outside of Melo has been awful for us.

    Raymond and JR are having career-low years, Shumpert hasn't made the ascension in his 3rd year like some assumed he would, Tyson hasn't been able to stay healthy, and our highest paid player who was supposed to be the 2nd star to play with Melo hasn't been able to stay healthy since Melo got here.

    If you want to point the finger and blame, do it in a logical manner. Melo can only do so much, if guys have no idea how to hit a wide open jumper or defend a player 1 on 1, I seriously don't understand how that's Melo's fault whatsoever. He's the only guy that brings it every night and plays VERY hard for this team while leading the league in minutes played.

    SOme people don't appreciate what we have here.

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    So basically Melo is in the perfect place to be a ringless legend, right where he belongs, per WOJ

    ****ing douche bag


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    This summer will be very interesting.


    Lets get it!!!

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