NBA Trade rumors: New York Knicks might have been altogether different team with Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony
No one has any doubt about the deadly combo. Almost every analyst is of the opinion that Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire together would have been an explosive forward combination for the New York Knicks.
Both are among the best players and have been praised by the entire world. There is no denying the fact that Amare Stoudemire was actually at his peak with the Phoenix Suns and Carmelo was a franchise player with the Denver Nuggets. Everyone said that it was certainly a great idea to bring them together in New York.
Nonetheless it was not to be. Instead, the Knicks became a failed franchise and for years, Stoudemire was declared as the worst contract in the NBA. Now a part of the Miami Heat, Stoudemire spoke to the NY Post as they visited Madison Square Garden. He said,”I don’t think we had enough opportunities to play together. I moved to the bench and [became the] sixth, seventh man. When I was in the game, Melo, he was out of the game and vice versa. When we did play together, we showed some flashes of what we could do on the pick-and-roll.”
He seems to be making fun of the team. He said, “I don’t think that pick-and-roll offense between Melo and I was ever taken advantage of, which we could have. The way he shoots the ball, handles the ball from the outside and the way I attack the rim, it could’ve been a pretty good combination. I don’t think the coaching staff at the time really bought into that.”
Many people will concur with him and say that he is speaking truth. While his accusations had substance, it also underlined why the combination failed. Both Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire are not good defensive players. In addition the coaches in question, Mike Woodson and Mike D’Antoni, are also not known for their defense. Stoudemire’s outburst uncovered his flaws, as he only focused on one side of the court.