Carmelo Anthony was a headache for the New York Knicks this offseason. He wanted to see what his free agency value was, and it made Phil Jackson and the Knicks’ organization sweat. However, it seems that even though Anthony was playing hard-to-get, he’s married to the Knicks.
“I plan on ending my career here, so it wasn’t for me to go out there and try to strike a two-year deal and then have to go through this situation in two years. I’m not doing that ever again. I would never do that again. I would advise no one to ever do that,” Anthony said, via the New York Post. “I experienced it and it’s behind me.”
And now, all the Knicks fans take a sigh of relief — or perhaps they don’t. Anthony was a polarizing free agent, and thus, so too was his signing. Bill Simmons’ perspective on the situation should assuage all the Anthony doubters.
One in the hand is better than two in the bush.
A superstar like Carmelo is better than the prospect of rebuilding an even better team — look at the Nuggets. They showed grit and rebounded following the departure of Anthony. They were a tough defensive team, and they almost defined themselves as the anti-Carmelo team. However, they couldn’t lure any legitimate stars without him. They have since faded from NBA relevance. The NBA’s Western Conference is tougher than the Eastern Conference, so that affected the Nuggets’ decline. But the Knicks likely wouldn’t have a shot at Kevin Durant if they didn’t have a star like Carmelo in place.
The loyalty that Carmelo is suddenly showing to the Knicks is a great development. Let’s see if he can bring a Championship to the big apple during his tenure.