Why Carmelo Anthony has realistic expectations for the future

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

LeBron James’ new right hand man in Cleveland is Kyrie Irving. The team has also reportedly agreed on a trade to acquire Kevin Love, seemingly allowing James to form a new “Big Three” with the Cavaliers.

Still, the two-time NBA champion is preaching patience moving forward. Reflecting upon his time with the Miami Heat, James understands his new quest in Cleveland will be a process. It’ll take time. A championship isn’t guaranteed to come his way in year one. Clearly, upon retuning home, James knew what he was getting himself into.

It’s good to have realistic expectations, which is something the Knicks’ own Carmelo Anthony appears to share with James about the upcoming season. Speaking at “A Very Melo Weekend” in Puerto Rico, the forward asserted that he doesn’t expect to win a championship this year.

Carmelo AnthonyThere’s no reason to be alarmed by this line of thinking.

Phil Jackson and his staff have made considerable improvements to New York’s roster this summer. Whereas such impressive changes weren’t expected to happen right away, Jackson has done what he can thus far, executing positive move after positive move.

Still, there’s no doubt Anthony and the Knicks have a larger mountain to climb than James does in Cleveland. It’ll take time to learn and adjust to a different sort of role in the triangle offense.

By signing with a team like the Chicago Bulls, Anthony would have put himself in immediate title contention. The Bulls’ window to win is right now — Anthony would have only bolstered their chances.

In New York, Jackson is building for the future. Though there still may be a longer road ahead, the opportunity is there to lay the foundation for a potential window to stay open longer, once the Knicks eventually reach such a plateau. Like many others in his respective situation, Anthony wants to win. But it appears more important to him to do so in the heart of the Big Apple — his home.

It may take him a little longer to achieve such a goal, but Anthony’s legacy will surely be longer-lasting, if and when he eventually wins big in New York. By bringing home a championship, he’d be celebrated as a legend and local hero. That’s something that matters to him. He and James appear to share that sentiment as well.

Some have suggested that part of Anthony’s motivation for re-signing with the Knicks was simply to ensure a five-year contract. Despite re-signing now, he could always “force” his way out of town via trade later on. That shouldn’t be considered likely to happen, as Anthony has come back knowing full well what he is getting himself into.

Alas, Anthony didn’t re-sign with the Knicks expecting to win right away. There’s still an opportunity to do something special along the way, but the forward’s decision to return is also assumedly tied to his belief that Jackson’s vision can lead the team back to greatness…with his help, of course.

 




107 comments
brookdon
brookdon

ESPN has us 10th in the East, going 37-45

Iobcity1
Iobcity1

Just got back from vacay... What's the word?

ChamanTKB
ChamanTKB

Knicks going to have to offer Shumpert some cash next year albeit he's a Bird...getting a Hibbert fills the void at Center for years to come..and we still have Amare's money to play with..all around trading Bargnani and Shumpert makes too much sense.....Do what you must Phil whatever it is I'm rolling with you

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Phil is doing what Donnie Walsh did in order to obtain Melo. He has young players in Shump, THJ, Early, and Larkin, plus expiring contracts in Bargs and Amar'e. He is getting assets to acquire a star. Phil will explore options. Who knows how it will play out and who will be available? My crystal ball is still cloudy. Phil needs to stay patient and make a move when the time is right

ChamanTKB
ChamanTKB

total amount of times Bargnani and Shumpert made NBA All Star team

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Let's remember that Roy Hibbert was the 4th best player on the Pacers. Pekovic was the 4th best player on T-Wolves. Why give up all the 2015 cap space for that? Remember our second best player is Jose Calderon. He was the 3rd best player on the Mavs. We need a second star, not a $12-15 million center.

Calderon

JR

Melo

? Cheap PF

Hibbert/Pekovic

That's not going to get it done, even in the leastly East.


brookdon
brookdon

Melo is probably quadrupled team when you play lol

note
note

@brookdon Does ESPN still have the Nets ranked over the Knicks?

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@brookdon  Ah yes..the same ESPN that had us as "Team Turmoil" 2 seasons ago, yet we won the division 54 wins and a second seed...yes...that ESPN.  Its hit or miss w/them...their guessing again.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@ChamanTKB 

We are $27 million over the cap, so losing Amar'e doesn't do anything for us. We would still be over the cap without him.

BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

@ChamanTKB How is there a void at center when the season haven't started for a proper critique?

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@Knicks_Fanatic  like i said before......you cant say Hibbert wont flourish or be better in the triangle. He fits Phil's system better than Indy. Hes a rim protector, back to the basket/putback kinda guy.....hes a FA in 16 and we can trade him for Marc if MEM feels they may lose him. Hibbert puts us in contention talks.....

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@Knicks_Fanatic Excellent point... we don not need a 15M weak center... The guys here they propose trades but fail to look at the budget impact!!!

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@brookdon Yeah.. none of them cannot shoot... An offensive disaster team. They would probably average 70 points per game... LOLLLL

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@KingTkB @Knicks_Fanatic I still think that we have enough offense at least for the regular season. We need to shore up our defense and look at adding a STAR next year...

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@KingTkB @Knicks_Fanatic 

Who thought that Cleveland would have both LeBron and Love one year ago? 

Phil is going to be patient and not go all out Dolan and sign whoever has a big name and is on the chopping block, like Bargnani.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Mel Brown @Knicks_Fanatic 

Yes, we would be under the apron and luxury tax, if Amar'e was gone this season. However, we wouldn't have any cap space still. In 2015 the world of possibilities will be upon us. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Sandro Guedes @Knicks_Fanatic 

For me, you can't get by with a poor defender at the 5. You can cover for a perimeter player, but it's much harder to do so in the paint. I like Pekovic, but not at $12 million with Melo, Calderon, and JR making $38 million in 2015.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BronsonSNY @Knicks_Fanatic @Mel Brown 

The original post indicated that next year, we would have "Amare's money to play with" which is not the case. That was an assumption that we would gain the cap space to use from his expiring contract. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Mel Brown @Knicks_Fanatic 

It would open up a sign and trade possibility, but there aren't many prospects left to sign and trade. Bledsoe and Monroe will be tough to acquire. 

bblessed
bblessed

Then what was your point of hoping he improved his transition defense in the first place if you didn't think he could. If you're gonna hate, hate a lil smarter

bblessed
bblessed

He gotta be able to stroke it

bblessed
bblessed

No... All I'm saying is be consistent... Either you hope he's gonna improve his transition defense with his new coach and system or you feel that he can't after 11yrs in the league.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@Mel Brown @stillmatic @KingTkB @Knicks_Fanatic I don't think Rondo is a fit. He is not a good shooter and therefore not a good fit for the triangle... Plus he will cost a lot in FA or it is impossible to do a reasonable trade with Boston (Dany Ainge would probably want 15 draft picks)... I would prefer a center/pf.

BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

@bblessed In other words don't express disapproval of one's faults because of their status on the food chain?

bblessed
bblessed

Ya but Bj and dfish was always ready to knock down shots... I'm not sure Rondo can play off the ball or knock down shots

bblessed
bblessed

In the triangle, the pg gotta be able to hit wide open shots to keep em honest. Look back at all the teams n tell me

bblessed
bblessed

Quite the opposite.. I'm just saying that the coach and system will dictate how the team plays transition d... If you don't agree, then stick to that (you're entitled to your own opinion).

And while we are discussing this...my opinion is that we bitch and complain about our players beyond reason. If we don't have Jordan or lebron on our team, we would complain. ( Had Magic Johnson/ or Bird played for us, there would be complaints about his defense). I say if you don't like the players on your team (and they're not being traded), then you need a new team where your players that you do like play.

BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

@bblessed Been following Melo since Oak Hill. But if he's going to voice his displeasure with personnel, he's needs to tidy a few areas as well. And there are plenty of areas he needs to tidy.

bblessed
bblessed

I agree they can be interchangeable but it's usually been the pg to have a consistent shot

BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

@KingTkB @BronsonSNY @bblessed No, STAT got his fair share of blame lol.As for Melo, I understand the talent aspect, but when you're missing defensive assignments, not running back on defense for a long pass and holding the ball until there is two seconds on the clock, that is not just a teammate thing it's personal.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@KingTkB @BronsonSNY @bblessed I believe that he needs to buy in and be part of the solution not get mad if something is wrong or personnel moves don't pan out. He was part of the solution and the problems. It is his team and he should take full leadership on that. The blaming game is over!!!

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@BronsonSNY @KingTkB @bblessed As far as I know, Melo was part of the team that failed miserably last year and he should take blame as well regardless of his personal stats. Enough of this Melo cannot do any wrong!!!

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@Mel Brown @Tony Fonseca @stillmatic @KingTkB @Knicks_Fanatic I disagree. I think that he is overvalued by Boston and the open market was crazy this year. A lots of $$$ thrown around. The market will dictate his value.. I expect it to be high!!

Art Perez
Art Perez

@Tony Fonseca @BronsonSNY @KingTkB @bblessed


From someone who has played organized TEAM BALL before, it's a team effort on offense AND defense to be successful most times.. it is how teams impose their will on others... if just ONE PERSON doesn't perform their job CONSISTENTLY it affects the WHOLE TEAM on EVERY LEVEL (it's draining.physically, emotionally, pschologically, EVERY ASPECT). I take it some people have NOT played ORGANIZED TEAM ball before from the comments that are made. 

bblessed
bblessed

And enough of everything is Melo's fault

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@Mel Brown @Tony Fonseca @stillmatic @KingTkB @Knicks_Fanatic I am expecting him to be traded. But not to the Knicks. I also not sure who wants to engage in a trade with Ainge since his reputation as a business man is very low. Many think that he is very unrealistic and is looking to rob teams at any trade...

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Mel Brown 

The cap will be determined next season. The problem is that you have to account for cap holds on vacant roster spots and the salary for our number 1 draft pick. That would be another $4 million. The cap is $63 million this year. 

If JR opts out, we could have $6 million more, but then you have to replace JR for $6 million.That's going to be a difficult task. Shump will also have a cap hold and needs a qualifying offer of $3.6 million. He will also be hard to replace at that salary.

Time will tell.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@Mel Brown @Tony Fonseca I am not high on Rondo... I still think that I would not allocate a big chunk of my budget on him.. Too risky... Injury prone, not a good fit with teammates and coach, and cannot shoot.  I still pass on Rondo..