I am a neurotic, handwringing New Yorker and Phil Jackson is a Zen Master. He will continue to move forward on his mission to bring a championship to New York, with or without Melo and whatever the outcome, he probably won't lose any sleep.
Analysts have speculated that the seven-time NBA All-Star would either re-sign with the Knicks or become a member of the Chicago Bulls or Houston Rockets. However, as you're about to find out, the Dallas Mavericks are the best fit for 'Melo.
Don't get me wrong, I do not believe that Carmelo Anthony is the best player in the league. However, I do think Melo possesses a combination of qualities -- one of which is simply good timing -- which will ultimately help him win MVP.
This week, Anthony and his teammates have improved gradually as they begin to gel. The gold medalists from '08 and the younger crew, from the world champion 2010 squad, will be reaching for Olympic excellence once again.
Scoring totals in the NBA can be quite deceptive. A player can boost his scoring totals by simply taking more and more shots. But if this shooting is inefficient, teams actually suffer from this choice.
In nine career postseasons, Anthony is 17-37, which is the worst record of any active player with at least 50 playoff games. Even with Sunday's 89-87 win over the Heat, he has still lost 11 of 14 playoff games.
Whether or not Amar'e returns for Game 4 at the Garden, as he proclaimed he will on Wednesday, remains to be seen, but if the Knicks have any chance at prolonging this series, it is with him out of the lineup.
It's gone from Linsanity to insanity in about 15 minutes. Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni is out. Wasn't it just a few days ago that the Knicks were supposedly a legitimate contender? What happened in the interim?