So I’m driving around listening to Mitch Lawrence on WFAN yesterday with TKB friend Evan Roberts and I was shocked at how critical of both Carmelo Anthony and Danilo Gallinari the Daily News columnist was.
First off, Lawrence went off in a rant on Gallinari saying he’d be a “third tier” player at best and the reason he gets to the foul line is because he “is a flopper” and “that only gets you so far.”
Last year, Gallinari was a “one-trick pony” who constantly settled for jump shots. Critics claimed this was the case because of the back problems sure to kill his career. Gallo didn’t exactly light it up last night and must learn to be that automatic 40% plus 3 point shooter that many think he can be, but he’s clearly more than just a “flopper.” Despite not being overly aggressive offensively last night, Gallo managed 8 rebounds and 2 steals in his 30 minutes.
Lawrence then turned to Anthony, who he pointed out is about “6 notches” below the likes of Kobe Bryant and Lebron James seeing that he “has no closing ability” because he only made it to one conference finals despite playing in a conference that featured Kobe, Nash’s Suns, Duncan’s Spurs and Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer.
I agree with Lawrence that Mike D’Antoni may prefer an upgrade in point guard if a Williams were to become available. I’ve heard several people, for years, talk about D’Antoni’s dislike for Melo’s apparent sticky hands.
If you saw Melo against the Mavs the other night you’d understand how critical his skill set is at the end of games. I side with Kobe Bryant who reminded reporters the other day who they were talking about.
The Knicks have to find a way to land their second star, and it they can’t fit the system, then it’s time for a new system.