“I’m tired of scoring 30 or 40 points a game. There’s probably going to be times where I have to do it, or I’m in a groove,” he said, promoting his new Jordan brand shoe line. “But if I’m doing that night-in, night-out, we’re not going to have the balance that we need to win…”We need to get to 50 wins and get one of those top one, two or three seeds. To get homecourt advantage in the playoffs. Anything less than 50 wins, to me, is a failed season.”
Tommy DeeYou’ve heard me say a million times that this season must result in home court advantage. It’s a win-now team and win-now teams must get out early in the season and sustain success. The process is win home games against top teams and obviously the teams you should beat, then get those same wins on the roads…. the ones you should get. In my opinion the Knicks need to get 28-30 wins at home and 20-22 road wins. If the team stays healthy, I think that is an attainable goal.
As far as Melo is concerned, I believe he understand that this is what the next phase of his career needs to entail. I believe he’s a player who will rely on his 4th quarter prowess (amazingly left out of most Melo articles by experts) but one who now knows he needs to rely on players to assist in success. Again, if fans allowed Mike D’Antoni time to be built around, the same thought should be shared with Melo. This is his year to put his actions where his mouth is, especially after these comments. Knicks fans should be excited coming off his Olympic experience where he must have learned plenty both on and off the court. At one point Melo HAS to just say to himself “what do I need to do to be a champion?”