The NBA All-Star game is in New York City this year and fans will love to see their favorite players. Currently New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony is a starter for the Eastern Conference.
It would be great for Knick fans to cheer for Carmelo during the game but the Knicks need to shut down Carmelo Anthony for the rest of the season. Melo has missed seven games this season and the Knicks are 0-7 in those games.
Melo’s numbers are down from a season ago. He’s down to 23.9 ppg and only 6.6 rpg. He shot 40% from beyond the arc last season and he’s down to 32% this season. The Knicks have lost a franchise tying record 12 straight games.
Their recent trade of J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers make this team even worst. They waived Samuel Dalembert to clear cap room. They are expected to waive the three incoming non-guaranteed contracts that they will receive in the deal. This team is clearing cap space and tanking.
There is no need for Carmelo Anthony to be out there competing for a losing team. His knee has been bothering him since the second game of the season.
He signed a big contract in the off-season and if the Knicks can add some talent in free agency and the draft they can compete in the East. The Knicks will need a healthy Carmelo Anthony in the long run. Shutting him down and tanking is the best thing for Melo and the Knicks.
After losing to the Bucks on Sunday night Amar’e Stoudemire said, “I never thought I’d see this…This is definitely kind of mind-boggling.” With a lost to Memphis on Monday night the Knicks have 32 losses on the season, the most in the NBA.
Coach Derek Fisher has to keep a positive attitude during all this losing. After the Bucks lost he said, “I’m trying to make sure that I’m being the right type of leader for these guys…It will turn for us…It just doesn’t look like that right now.”
Carmelo Anthony could have surgery to repair the injury but that is a last resort for him. He should have the surgery as soon as possible and be ready for training camp.
The Knicks should look to play rookie Cleanthony Early more with Melo out. Tim Hardaway Jr. will get more shots up and Shane Larkin can see more time at point guard.
Jose Calderon, Pablo Prigioni, Tim Hardaway Jr., Cleanthony Early and Carmelo Anthony are the only guys under contract for the Knicks next season. They might as well let those other guys play this season.
Think about this for a second, the New York Knicks are worse than the Philadelphia 76ers.