Knicks Shutting Carmelo Anthony Down For Season
It’s finally happened. The New York Knicks are so bad that they finally realized shutting down star forward Carmelo Anthony was in their best interests. Despite the star scoring machine delaying the inevitable to this point, Anthony is scheduled to go under the knife to repair his sore knee and will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 NBA regular season.
The move only makes sense for the Knicks, who are an abysmal 10-43 through the All-Star break and have no playoff hopes at this point. New York still might not even have much hope to make the playoffs next year, either, but they definitely won’t if Melo’s knee issue lingered into another season. Anthony had missed numerous games with the ailment already and had been resting on several back to back sets. With New York’s season in the bag, Melo had previously suggested he and the Knicks could entertain the notion of a shutdown around the All-Star weekend. It appears such a decision has finally arrived.
Anthony’s absence likely means many more losses for a Knicks team starving for quality talent, while potential trades ahead of the NBA’s Thursday trade deadline could also shake the roster up even more. The team had just recently agreed to a contract buyout with big man Amare Stoudemire, further depleting the team of talent and veteran leadership.
Andrea Bargnani, Lance Thomas, Jason Smith and Louis Amundson will work together to make up for the loss of Anthony at the three and four spots. Langston Galloway and Tim Hardaway Jr. will likely be asked to shoulder more of the scoring load, as well.
The clear goal is for the Knicks to crater as much as possible the rest of the way in an effort to secure a top pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. From there, it’s anyone’s guess what Phil Jackson and co. have up their sleeve. But with a fresh face or two from the draft and a healthy Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks can at least hope for a better run during the 2015-16 NBA season.
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