According to Adrian Wojnaroski of Yahoo Sports and NBA.com, Carmelo Anthony has finally made his decision to come back to the New York Knicks on a five-year contract after almost two weeks of melo-drama, free agency tours and offers from some of the best franchises around the league.
Frank Isola of the NY Daily News reported Thursday that this would be Melo’s decision, but the chance to win now in Chicago was also on his mind. In the end, it seems that the chance to be part of this new winning culture and leave a life lasting legacy in New York spoke louder on his mind. Regardless of championships, if Phil Jackson manages to do with New York what he did in Chicago and Los Angeles, Carmelo is on the right path of becoming a franchise legend the likes of Patrick Ewing and Larry Johnson. If they win, though, it’s straight to the Willis Reed, Clyde Frazier club.
An issue surrounding Carmelo Anthony coming back was supposed to be the amount of cap space that the team would have moving forward, but Phil Jackson made sure to say that this won’t be a problem. Jackson said the team will have enough flexibility to bring one more star player and major supporting pieces next free agency bonanza after Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire’s contracts will come off the books.
The Knicks are looking strong in Las Vegas. The summer league is showing that the supporting cast Melo will have is not a weak one. The young guys can be developed into great NBA players if well coached, something crucial in order for this winning culture to work. On the same page, Cole Aldrich has signed with the team again and will be an important part of next season’s roster, now that Tyson Chandler is not around anymore.
But that’s it. Melo is back. If you like him, you are happy. If you doubt his ability to adapt and play team ball you are worried, but there’s nothing we can do about it.
Let’s hope this partnership of Hall of Famer coach with Superstar can render the same amount of success it did in LA and Chicago. Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher had hoped Melo would come back, and now they can start moving forward on their project of putting the Knicks back on the map.