In a recent one-hour sit-down on J.J. Reddick’s podcast “The Old Man and the Three” Carmelo Anthony made an interesting point while reflecting on his time with the New York Knicks
After the deepest playoff run in his career that happened with the Nuggets in the summer of 2008. Melo and Chauncey Billups were getting ready to add a few more pieces over the course of the summer in order to bring the first title to the city of Denver, but that’s when according to Carmelo things started to go south.
Instead of keeping the core together, the Nuggets management decided to slowly enter a rebuilding phase, and just a few seasons later the 10x All-Star was traded to the New York Knicks.
Coming to New York was a no-brainer for Melo, as it was arguably the league’s largest market with a long history of basketball in the world famous Madison Square Garden:
“Coming to here [New York] you already had a lot of excitement in the city. You have Raymond Felton playing out of his mind, Amare Stoudemire is an All-Star, Gallinari is here… So in my mind, I’m like I would rather go start over there in New York, and I was like alright I got Amare, I got this I got that…Like ok, we gon’ build this [team] .”Carmelo Anthony, ‘The Old Man and the Three”
When Melo arrived in New York in 2011. he led the Knicks along with Stoudemire to the playoffs for the first time since 2004, but their run was cut short by the Boston Celtics in the first round due to injuries plaguing the team’s best players Amare Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups.
Just a year later, the Knicks were back in the playoffs, this time facing the Miami Heat in the first round, but just like the season before they were hampered by injuries of key players like Baron Davis, Iman Shumpert, and again Stoudemire.
And that’s when things similar to his last season in Denver started to happen according to Anthony:
“And the year after that, they plucked a piece away, and they plucked a piece away, and they plucked a piece away, and before you know it, I’m there. And I’m just like there… I’m there in New York, just trying to figure all of this out.Carmelo Anthony, ‘The Old Man and the Three”
From 2012 until 2017, Melo’s efforts as a Knick never managed to meet the high expectations that the city and fans of New York set for him and so that era left a dirty, but a seemingly unfair mark on his legacy.
However, even if you’re not a fan of Melo, as a basketball fan, you should be glad he’s back in the league, proving he’s not washed up.