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Knicks Are Back In Action; But Are They Better Than Times Past?
Melo, Fish and Phil expect big things from Knicks
NEW YORK – The wounds have been licked and heeled, the egos have been checked at the door and they’re main off-season get is the return of their mega-star in one Carmelo Anthony. So is all things right in the land of the New York Knicks? Well Phil Jackson and newly minted coach Derek Fisher sure hope for as much. There may have been a lot of tense moments during the Melo cross-country free agent tour that saw him make stops in Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles to be wine and dined and promised things the way politician run for office.
In the end however, Melo stayed where he felt that he belonged. “This organization has supported me and in return, I want to stay and build here with this city and my team,” Anthony wrote on his website. “At this pivotal juncture in my career, I owed it to myself and my family to explore all of the options available to me. Through it all, my heart never wavered.
“I am a New York Knick at heart. I am looking forward to continue my career in Orange & Blue and to work with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball and I am surrounded by the greatest fans in the world.”
Melo’s letter wasn’t as LeBronish in nature but it certainly made a lot of die-hard Knicks fans happy.
Now this version of Melo’s Knicks will be running the vaunted triangle offense. It’s been proven that when working effenciently it garners positive results. Phil has rings on all of his finger as a result of it. Yes, he had the likes of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in Chicago and Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in LA to help him run it, but why let facts get in the way of a promising story?
Melo will need help however to bring the triangle to its full potential. They team will also need time as guard JR Smith noted that it would probably take a few months for things to really click. Coach Fisher though is expecting wins despite all of the adjustments and newness.
“It may take us some time to look good doing it, but we still have to figure out how to win right from the start,” Fisher said after a recent practice. “We’re not interested in starting the season and saying just because we’re still getting to know this, it’s OK. We want to be good right away.”
That is the type of approach Knicks fans want to hear, if only the players will totally buy into it and believe to make it a reality.
Jerald L. Hoover