Following a double overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets tonight, the New York Knicks have now dropped six straight games and quickly caused concern throughout the Big Apple.
Former Knick Danilo Gallinari led all scorers with 37 points, and Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 25 points.
Anthony’s jump shot with 1.7 seconds left in regulation was able to get the Knicks into overtime, and made us realize what we love about Melo—his clutch gene. However, Anthony missing his final two shots in double overtime made us realize what we dislike—his inability to get his teammates involved.
For Carmelo, it was what we have come to expect as a typical night—yes, he scored 25 points, but turned the ball over six times and missed 20 of his 30 shots.
Baron Davis could return by the end of the month, and if things don’t get better when he returns, then changes need to occur. Whether it’s firing Mike D’antoni or making a trade, something will have to happen.
In my mind, the right move would be trading Carmelo Anthony. It’s amazing to think that a guy that we heralded the acquisition of less than a year ago could be shipped out, but it could very well be the right move.
D’antoni’s system is all about ball movement, something Melo can’t quite comprehend. He likes to stop the movement when he gets the ball and play his game, but that simply does not work in this offense.
The ideal trade involving Carmelo would be in exchange for Nets’ point guard Deron Williams—a deal that would benefit both teams. Having D-Will run an offense under D’antoni with Amar’e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, Toney Douglas, and Tyson Chandler would be beautiful, and would undoubtedly make the Knicks a better team—possibly title contenders.
So, let’s just wait and see what happens with Baron Davis. If he can return to his best form and the Knicks have a turnaround, wonderful. But if not, trading Carmelo is the best option, as crazy of a notion as it may be.
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Written by Michael Burke
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