The Knicks pulled a block-buster mid-season trade in 2011, and it forever changed the franchise. Carmelo Anthony landed in New York City and fans saw their dream of a star-studded Knicks team come true.
Despite early successes beating the Heat in Miami, it took Amar’e Stoudemire and Anthony time to get used to each other. Just like how the Heat had to adjust to playing with three-stars, the Knicks had a stretch of games were they looked confused and rattled.
Based on the Heat’s performance in the 2011 NBA Finals, many people said an all-star team cannot win a championship; they believe a more balanced squad will reach the summit of the mountain.
Nevertheless, the Melo and Amar’e led the Knicks to their first playoff appearance is seven seasons and brought NYC basketball back to relativity. Critics may blame the Knicks’ star for their collapse in the 2011 Playoffs, but the blame should fall on the role players for their lackluster performance.
Carmelo was the reason why the Knicks stayed close in the first two games of the series, and the supporting cast failed to help him in crunch-time.
Of course Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire can work together on the same team, why separate the players when they never played a full season together? Unlike the Miami Heat’s Big 3, the Knicks’ two-headed monster never worked alongside each other in a full training camp.
Acquiring two perennial all-stars is hard to come by and when those two players average more than 50 points per game together, they should be absolutely off the trading block.
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