Carmelo Anthony is criticized for not being able to lead his team to many wins and playoff appearances in his New York Knicks career. With new teammates for the new NBA season, there are expectations that Anthony will have a lesser load in scoring but will be more versatile in running the offense and involving his teammates.
Knicks team president Phil Jackson said in a recent interview that the arrival of the other players acquired in free agency and trades will allow Anthony to have a lesser workload than his previous years in New York.
“A lot of times he has a penchant to take the ball himself up the court and slow the playdown, the development down, by pushing the ball up the court himself or taking the inbound pass,” Knicks team president Phil Jackson said via ESPN.
“Those are some of the small things that we asked to look at and maybe we could change. With the outstanding guard corps that we have — Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings, guys who can really push the ball at a certain level — I think he’s going to be much more comfortable allowing them to do what they’re best at.”
Rose was acquired in the trade with the Chicago Bulls while Jennings signed with New York as a free agent. New head coach Jeff Hornacek also see positives in “Melo” having reliable point guards and other teammates who can score.
“We’re hoping that the level of talent that is on the team will lead to him not thinking, ‘I have to do everything. He’s a great passer. He’s made great passes in some of these games that we’ve seen. I think when he has that trust in his teammates, he’s going to make those passes, and we’re going to get easy buckets,” Hornacek added in the same article.
Will Melo finally get help on the offensive end with the presence of Rose, Jennings and new starting shooting guard Courtney Lee? Kristaps Porzingis is also a developing player and his scoring will help the team.
Will the Knicks struggle again in the upcoming season? Or will Carmelo Anthony lead the team to a playoff spot?
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