About two months ago Carmelo Anthony was considered a bust, a waste, and even he had to be questioning why people were questioning his skills and resume. Every sports commentator had essentially written Carmelo off as Linsanity flowed freely through the veins of the sports public.
Carmelo could have taken the sour route and went harsh on his teammates but he flipped it on everyone and did the "I'm happy for Jeremy and I am ready to be a part of it." He never said anything negative about New York, the coach, or the system, he just played basketball and accepted a lesser role.
People were critisizing him for being an all star, and some of the people and columns that I really respect were saying that Melo would be addition by subtraction if the Knicks decided to trade him or as some suggested that they cut him out right.
I stood by Carmelo. I have never and will never buy into what Mike D'Antoni was selling. Defense wins championships and Carmelo and the rest of the roster had to get into the type of shape that would allow him and the rest of the team to put out for over forty minutes on both ends of the floor.
Now with Jeremy Lin out of the lineup due to injury, Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert have stepped it up. Shumpert is giving teams a headache on defense and making his man have to work extra hard to defend his athleticism. Baron Davis has lost a step or two but he still is a force and his leadership has been an asset without question.
Things took a turn when Amare went down with an injury. No problem for the Knicks as Carmelo was asked to move over to the power forward, which is his natural position and he flourished. Sure he can guard the 3 but if you have noticed on the olympic team and on all star teams, he shines at the four.
Needless to say the Knicks and their fans are happy to have Melo recording big numbers night in and night out. The nay sayers have to take a step back and evaluate the big picture and the big picture looks so much better with Carmelo in it.
Stay Breezy ~ I'm Out!