Just as quickly as the Knicks stumbled upon a winning streak, they seem to be just as quickly finding a way to end it. Today the Knicks have reportedly added JR Smith–Melo Jr.–to the mix. Amare appears to be able to conform, and I think he understands that his window is shrinking, and this is absolutely it in terms of championship contention for him. Does Carmelo Anthony realize that? Probably not. And now the Knicks find themselves having to worry about whether or not Smith can handle going from 40 points a game in China, to right around 10 points a game in New York. Something tells me there’ll be some ball stopping going on when it comes his way.
This is really what it comes down to: while the Knicks didn’t necessarily have a choice when it comes to the return of Carmelo Anthony, they certainly didn’t need to bring in another player whose best attribute is his scoring volume. We feel for New York fans, because we know now that you aren’t going to win in this league with super-scorer compilations; the Miami Heat have that covered, and they do it better than anyone. You’re studs aren’t going to beat their studs straight up. For the next 3 or 4 years, the road to a championship is going through Miami, and the Dallas Mavericks provided us all the blue print for success. Your studs won’t beat their studs, but your team can beat their team. The return of Anthony, and now the arrival of JR Smith, are working directly against that blue print. Bask in the glory while it still lasts, Knick fans, because there’s more turmoil on the horizon.