New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who turns 29 today, only wants one thing for his birthday – Help.
According to a report by Marc Berman of the NY Post, sources close to New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony say that the scoring champ is worried that Knicks brass will stand pat this offseason and not bring him the Robin he desperately needs to lift this team to the next level.
The source also said that Anthony loves second year guard Iman Shumpert, and sees as as a potential superstar in this league, only not for at least 2 more years.
Anthony’s remarks come off the heels of his former college coach, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim’s comments last week in which he was critical of the Knicks front office for not getting Carmelo more help.
Boeheim certainly makes a great point, but to the Knicks credit the team did try to build a winning team by bringing free agent Amare Stoudemire to New York City, although things have not gone according to plan due to Stoudemire’s inability to stay on the court. Now that it’s clear that Amare will never be the player he was in his Phoenix days the Knicks are stuck with a max player who essentially contributes nothing to the team.
Carmelo’s frustrations with the current makeup of the Knicks roster are completely justified, although publicaly Anthony has taken a much more diplomatic approach to the issue:
Had the Knicks been able to use their amnesty clause to void Amare’s deal it would be very realistic to believe that All-Star point guard Chris Paul would be wearing orange and blue next season. Unfortunately for the Knicks and their fans this is not the case, as the Knicks are stuck with what they have for now, and only able to add small pieces as opposed to giving this roster the overhaul it needs.