Thursday, February 16, 2012
7 + 17: Does That Equal A Winning Team?
As all NBA aficionados know, the New York Knicks are on a roll with Jeremy Lin leading the charge. Wednesday night marked the seventh consecutive win for the Carmelo-less Knicks. Carmelo has been out for the past 7 games with a groin injury and is hoped to return to the squad on Friday to play against the New Orleans Hornets. It's not a revelation that viewers are interested if New York can keep up with Lin-Sanity with former Denver Nugget Carmelo Anthony in the lineup again.
Is it possible for a media-described selfish player, such as Carmelo Anthony, to garner success with a pure point guard such as Lin??
There is a reasonable deduction by *some* Knicks fans as well as NBA critics that Carmelo will not work in this new system of the pass first mentality. There is thought that Anthony, whom has a proven track record of being a ball-stopper, will slow the offense, and the Knicks will erase all that Jeremy Lin has done in the past 10 days.
That train of thought is purely understandable, but what if Anthony embraces this new system, where he does have a true point guard to work with. Remember, New York has been able to win games without their leading offense, and (I'm positive) that Carmelo is aware of the target on his back, and, logically, does one think he's going to just throw all that away and return to selfish basketball, again???
Sure, it's possible, but perhaps, not probable.
Before Anthony had his groin injury, he was averaging 4.2 APG and with that taking few shots, on average compared to last year. I am the first one to climb on the "I hate Melo" bandwagon, but honestly, Melo is an underrated passer, and combine that with Jeremy Lin, this could be something monumental. With Jeremy Lin, Melo has the chance to improve his reaction time to result in quicker ball handling and with his shot selection/taking shots.
There is a new sinuous play among the New York Knicks, one that is centered around Lin and Tyson Chandler; one that Amar'e will prevail in and it's only proper assumption that Carmelo Anthony steps it up and adapts to said system. Sure, he could fail, but I will give Anthony credit in the fact he KNOWS this is MAKE OR BREAK time for him.
Of course, there is the issue of trust, Carmelo Anthony and Mike D'Antoni. This is also a MUST for Anthony to trust in his coach and the system if he wants to truly "fit in" with all that is Lin-Derella.
Linderrella story of the year jeremy lin has lingle handedly played lensational lincredible I'm linpressed all he does is Lin Lin Lin gd jib - Shaq on twitter
As a final point, I would like to guide you to this fact -------> Melo did play with Allen Iverson.....
"Jeremy Lin was a blessing in disguise for us." - Melo
Lin-Sanity is taking NY, the nation, the world by storm, but now all eyes will be on Melo and this simple fact: Will he MAKE or BREAK Lin-Sanity??!?!?!
Personally, I think this may just work......
Ball Don't Lin
Until next time,