Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Works: Carmelo Anthony and His Consequences

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Today in The Works: Carmelo is a Knick. Now what?

After The Rain

Carmelo Anthony hasn't played a game for the Knicks yet, but already, the course of history, and of the Knicks' history, has been altered forever. Come on board and join the fun.

Eric Freeman

The Knicks' offense will get better. Yes, I know, big surprise -- Carmelo Anthony has never scored fewer than 20 ppg in a season and currently averages 25 ppg. But his style is also deliberate and perhaps a poor fit for the talents of Amar'e Stoudemire, who also likes to have the ball as much as possible. The reason this will work isn't just that two great scorers are now on the same team -- it's that Mike D'Antoni is something of an offensive savant who's proven himself capable of adjusting his system before for Shaq and Amar'e in Phoenix, a combo that wasn't as ineffective as it's remembered. Furthermore, Melo and Stoudemire know what's on the line here. They'll make it work because their long-term prospects and legacies depend on it.


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