Originally Posted by AMISTILLILL
You can face palm all you want, but there's absolutely no shortage of people mirroring my sentiments regarding the potential for Melo's return to mess up the chemistry emboldened by this current string of successful wins.
We aren't discussing Carmelo Anthony's struggles as a facilitator or playmaker, we're discussing the Carmelo Anthony who wants to put the team on his back by playing iso ball, all the while potentially freezing out options in the post like Amar'e... to the point that he has to acknowledge through various channels that he's been doing something wrong by not keeping his superstar teammate better involved. These aren't new revelations, dude.
Everything you're using to somehow mitigate the authenticity of claims against Melo as a ball stopper aren't really hitting their mark. So, if his struggles stem from being asked to play a role ill suited for the type of skill set he possesses, it would seem like Jeremy Lin playing a hefty distributing role would solve much of that. Only problem is that doesn't rectify Melo the ball stopper. He's never seen a shot he doesn't like, even if a higher percentage shot might be available elsewhere. With Lin's propensity for splitting defenders and driving to the basket, one can't help but wonder how willing Melo will be to give up touches in an effort to keep Lin initiated on the offensive end.
The whole argument that he played half a season on a depleted team argument is flawed. You make something out of nothing if you have to... look at what kind of regular season the Nuggets threw together in his absence. No discernible star power whatsoever but they made good with what they had.
Melo had a lot more talent as his second option than a lot of other stars did who pushed trades to new locales. Deron Williams, perhaps?
All your questions are answered by Melo's previous seasons in Denver. He played alongside Andre Miller. He was able to play off AI who is one of the more ball-dominant PGs the league has seen. He played alongside Billups as the Nuggets went to the WCF.
For me, Melo's biggest criticism has been he doesn't make his teammates better like LeBron does.
However, I have never heard that Melo, maybe the most versatile offensive player in the league? (Maybe 2nd to Kobe) Has actually TAKEN AWAY from his teammates, when he wasn't supposed to. You gotta remember you're talking about one of the best scorers in the league. One of best talents offensively. If he's got a 1-on-1 on the block, and he takes it, there is no reason he shouldn't. This doesn't somehow completely nullify the pick-n-roll. If anything it makes the pick-n-roll easier because defense are then reminded they still have to not forget about Carmelo ****ing Anthony on the wings when they're trying to help out on the pick-n-roll.
I have heard that Melo doesn't make his teammates better, but to go so far as to say that he makes them worse? For me thats absurd. The attention Melo needs alone makes things easier for the other 4 players the Knicks have on the court. Because I guarantee you going into the game, the opposing coach is telling his team Melo is one player you never leave and forget about because he will burn you.