The Importance Of Being Melo
Let’s just get this out of the way right now. Carmelo Anthony, as we know
him and in general, is an overrated product of the 2003 NBA Draft rivalry.
Talented, yes, but overrated with an underline.
If he were drafted in 2002 or 2004, he’d be judged in better balance, but
as of right now, his reputation is based upon the mythology of his high
school career, and how he (impressively) led Syracuse to a title. But no
other player in recent years has been given the superstar label so easily
coming out of the Draft, save for John Wall, who is struggling mightily.
His collegiate championship was well-earned and Olympic success is
clear, but his work as an NBA player is as promising as it is flawed, and
those are the only sides of his coin as a player in the league.
Analysts always talk about his outside shooting sweetness and rebound
rate, which are impressive, but they always fail to mention that he’s
more singularly-faceted than anything. He’s basically the same player
that he was at Oak Hill. That’s a failure in evolution.
So now he’s a star player for the New York Knickerbockers. He wanted
New York and now he has New York in the palm of his hands, and he’s
not capitalizing with his play and the scrutiny is getting to him. He’s not
a great team player. Not that he’s a bad team player, but just that his
play is sub-standard for non-All-Star-laden teams. If you notice, he
shines on Olympic teams, because of his singularity of skills; he’s asked
to shoot/score and nothing else. Also, because he knows that he has 11
other players that rival his skill set, he actually makes it worth a damn
to elevate his play and defer; in the NBA season, because he overvalues
his skills and (in-)ability to actually take over games, he sells out his
teammates by isolating in nearly every single position.
He’s like a Terminator with a bad CPU — he needs reprogramming, but
he won’t go back to Skynet for updates. He’s offline.
In order for the Knicks to survive as a winning basketball team, it must
be clear that Melo starts his game from scratch. Make the right pass,
shoot the good shot, keep the offense in flow, because we now know
that he was breaking the flawed, but effective D’Antoni offense when
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