Carmelo Anthony

Phil Jackson advised Carmelo to wait until July 2015 to opt out

Carmelo Anthony can opt out of his contract and become a free-agent this summer, but Phil Jackson has advised Anthony to wait until July of 2015 to exercise that right (Isola, May 30).

The reason, according to Jackson, is that the Knicks can be in the hunt for two “headline players” at that time.

Anthony met with his representatives last week, but has yet to decide whether or not he’ll opt out this summer.




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MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Next season, whether in New York or elsewhere, Melo will become the 40th player in NBA history to reach the 20,000 point plateau. He will also be one of thousands of stars who had to begin to acknowledge the impending battle with an athlete's greatest foe: Father Time.

"I can't believe I'm sitting here thinking about being old," he joked in April.

He's not, though his body (shoulders, knee) has had issues. A lot of that has to do with his bruising style of play, though he's already trending away from the power game of early in his career and becoming more of a mid-range player.

Consider this: In Melo's first full season with the Knicks (2011-12), he attempted 29.4% of his shots from 0-3 feet. This past season, that went down to 19.1%. In his first five NBA seasons, an overwhelming 42.2% of his shots came in that range.

Going the other way, last season 25.3% of Melo's attempts came from three-point range and it was 27.8% in 2012-14, way up from 19.8% in 2011-12. In his first five NBA seasons, only 11.6% of Melo's attempts came from beyond the three-point arc.

Melo over the last three seasons has developed into a very dangerous three-point sniper.

Now, I've often (as others have) paralleled his game with Paul Pierce. Both are great scorers that use size and strength to beat opponents for most of their careers.

In five years after he turned 30, Pierce's numbers did not as much reflect the onset of age as it did the arrival of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Pierce's FGAs decreased and, naturally, so did his scoring.

His three-point attempts before 30 and in the five years after 30 remained relatively the same, but, interestingly enough, his percentage of attempts inside (0-3 feet) and mid-range (10-16 feet) increased slightly.

For Melo, while it's great that he added the three-point dimension, which makes him even tougher to guard on the perimeter, it still requires a great deal of leg strength, which can lead to late-game fatigue. Mid-range still has to be where he shades "Green" on the shot chart.

The Triangle Offense would certainly help that, as would adding some star-quality talent to take some of the pressure off.

Then he can really enjoy life after 30 much like Pierce did


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MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Lamar Odom:


Lamar Odom signed with the Knicks prior to the season finale.  In conversations with Jackson, Odom has expressed his desire to return to the NBA and a spot on New York’s roster is a good risk-reward situation for both parties.  The former Laker and two-time NBA champion is expected to arrive in New York next week to begin offseason training.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Carmelo isn't  a Jackson type of player..Riiiiight:


Jackson’s past success of molding ultra-talented scorers into championship level leaders could appeal to Anthony in the midst of his decision making process.  The former Bulls and Lakers maestro understands the importance of a dynamic scorer on the roster, especially in critical postseason moments.

“We recognize his talent and skill is the kind of skill and talent that gets you through playoff games where things get sticky, grind out, and basketball becomes a force game and suddenly you need a player that has that capability of scoring with someone hanging on them in a situation that is critical.  He is one of those players – one of the few players that can do that,” Jackson acknowledged. 

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

For everyone that was wondering if Kerr was the end-all-be-all for Phil, he stated he had plans A, B, C, D, and E. It's crazy that people thought Phil fvcking Jackson came into this with just one plan. 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

LeBron Told Hibbert the Heat gameplan:


Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert swears that LeBron James tipped him off in a half-joking fashion near the end of Wednesday’s 93-90 Pacers win over Miami. LeBron and his Heat were lining up to execute with 12.9 seconds left on the clock, down two, and we’ll just let Roy and Pacers.com’s Scott Agness take over from here:

“I asked him straight up right before the play. I was like, ‘You gonna pass to Bosh?” And he said if I’m in the paint he will. We were just joking around. I thought he was going to the basket and I tried to help my teammate out and those guys covered for me.”

lobcity1
lobcity1

Phil is promising Melo he will get a ring here if doesn't opt out. Imo, melo will listen and opt in.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Hypothetically...does this lineup excite anybody?


PG-Lin

SG-Shump

Sf-Parsons

Pf-Stat

c-Asik


in a triangle system....only bring this up because of the link OLD KNICK posted about predicting the knicks starts next year...does this excite anybody?

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Just a thought, how is it that when Lebron and Bosh signed with the heat, the only thing the cavs and raptors got in return was a future draft pick, but if Melo leaves people expect them to get back decent players in return?

Pete Mavrikk
Pete Mavrikk

If Melo leaves it's going to be for a team that already has an established coach and system. First year coaches installing new systems usually don't win championships. It'll be For a team that made the playoffs and is capable now of making the finals. Almost a sure thing. Melo already forced a trade to try to win championships and he's no closer than he was in Denver. If he stays with us there's a chance that we improve but winning a title next year seems unlikely also. So there's only a select few teams that even have a chance. Bulls, Rockets, maybe Heat, maybe Clippers. No one else really has a chance

Pete Mavrikk
Pete Mavrikk

I don't know the clippers salary cap situation, but under new ownership they might be a good landing spot for Melo.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@MeloStat301 I remember Phil also saying that he wanted a system that wouldn't put Melo in the position to "where teams knew where he was going to be all the time." Woody's stuff was so predictable.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@SheSaidSpikeWho

Great to hear.  Phil must have noticed Ray panting like a dog while trying to beat the 8-second count.  And then pounding the rock in place for 3-4 more seconds before getting into any set.

buddhabing
buddhabing

@SheSaidSpikeWho Beautiful; hard work and dedication being emphasized right off the bat. Best way to weed out the players not up to the challenge.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@SheSaidSpikeWho Are you kidding, posters here are some of the sharpest bball minds in the world. Why they spend their time on a blog instead of running ball clubs or fililng in managerial position is beyond me...

Chris
Chris

@MeloStat301 Excite is not quite the first word that comes to mind, my first reaction was  swiss cheese

edb7777
edb7777

@MeloStat301 That team would basically be the Washington Wizards in terms of quality (less upside prob more consistent but same outcome).

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

@MeloStat301 the important thing with this is, are they trading Chandler for a 1st, and still have THJR, is Felton gone, and a purchased 2nd rounder, as well as a first rounder from a chandler trade

buddhabing
buddhabing

It's a nice team on paper but defensively challenged.

edb7777
edb7777

@Seth Nadler I think its because the good teams that want him have to do some serious cap gymnastics to make it work.  Miami had cap room...just not enough for straight FA deals.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

@OLDKNICK If Melo does leave in a sign and trade, I like Asik and Parsons back, Lin don't care for, and that's assuming they trade Tyson for a draft pick. 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@knega  "that shoulder"..its two diff injuries on 2 diff shoulders...not a chronic injury...yet!

jax13
jax13

For someone who was pretty much traded this past season, does not seem like basketball is his number one priority

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@Gee Daniels  OMG! That's sick in a bad way.
 

Chris
Chris

@knowledge Spree and Houston took them to the finals, not Pat lets not be a revisionist

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@jax13 Everyone needs some sort of creative outlet. This video looks like it only took a couple of minutes to make and lyrics the same amount of time. He's no Tyler the Creator. lol

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@illmatix @VerySilentJay @Gee Daniels He's been working out twice a day. No one says anything about the workout videos he has been posting. He's a young man with money and rapping is his hobby. It wasn't half bad...not sure why they called it "racy". There was one woman shaking her a$$ a little. I've seen far worse on tv. 

edb7777
edb7777

@Gee Daniels @VerySilentJay @illmatix Why compare him to Jordan?  He's obviously never going to be that.  You should compare him to the other guys on Jordan's team that did go out after practice and still contributed as role players on championship teams.  Its just closer to who he is.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Gee Daniels @illmatix @VerySilentJay Jordan went out as well. Jordan was at the casinos all the time to feed his gambling problem. Jordan was out cheating on his wife. Shumpert made a minute and a half music video. It really isn't that big a deal. I don't do my job 24/7 otherwise I'd kill someone.