Two years later, they have a star, although it's not the one they were aiming for, with the potential of adding another.
Many fans cried that the Z-Bo/Crawford combination and surrounding cast would have made the playoffs, to which I disagree. And even if they did, who cares? That team needed an overhaul from top to bottom and fans are ecstatic now that they got it. If you're a frequent guest to TKB, you've been here for this ride, and one we've tried to pave based on the plan.
Now comes talk of the possible trade for Carmelo Anthony and the timely reports, albeit late, of Melo's intentions of only extending in New York. Don't expect any activity yet for a few reasons in my opinion. One being what I just mentioned. You never make a deal when the team is on a high, and what a high this group is on. The Knicks have to come down at some point, you'd think, and with it you have got to expose what the team needs moving forward. Is this a playoff team? And if fans are convinced, can they compete and win a round in the playoffs? Playoff basketball is a different animal. A different game entirely. It's why veteran leadership and experience are so important. Melo brings that.
Right now nothing is broke so there's no fix needed, unless it's moving Anthony Randolph, which, contrary to my own two cents and logic, sounds like it's getting closer and closer to happening. Houston has been part of discussions as have several Western Conference teams including San Antonio, but nothing serious to this point. The team, through another source close to the situation, has also informed me that Bill Walker's time here could be on short notice dating back to the summer when he skipped several "optional" work outs. Walker has talent, but has had difficulty staying focused over the summer because of chaos within his inner circle the source claims.
As far as Melo is concerned several sources have told me for some time that Walsh has more affinity for the ex-Cuse star than does D'Antoni. Stars win in this league and right now the Knicks have a real bright one, and serious momentum heading into the next two games. If the right deal is there to improve the team, as Walsh would say himself, it will be made, but things are very good right now in KnickLand. How long will the winning last is anyone's guess, but what remains clear for now is that the Knicks are in no rush to upset the Big Apple Cart just yet.
Would you expect anything other than good, old-fashioned patience?