Marv Albert thinks Carmelo Anthony won’t win until he comes off the bench on his next team
Legendary broadcaster and former New York Knicks play-by-play man, Marv Albert was asked what he thought of the New York Knicks this coming season. Like most analysts, he gave us the regurgitated answer that the Knicks success this year will be hinged on whether Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire can flourish on the court together.
“The biggest question for the Knicks is whether Amar’e (Stoudemire) and Carmelo (Anthony) can play effectively,” Albert said. “It hasn’t happened to this point. I don’t know it if can. Are they better with Amar’e coming off the bench? Will he accept that?
“With Carmelo, who is a great talent, but you wonder — you can get into the playoffs with him — but how far can you go with Carmelo? We saw that in Denver. With the isolation and him being the main scorer, you look back at NBA history teams with guys like him don’t usually win championships.”
Then Marv Albert commented on Carmelo Anthony in a way we haven’t heard yet. Marv thinks Carmelo is immensely talented, but like most, he thinks Anthony’s play isn’t conducive to winning a championship. Marv thinks Carmelo Anthony won’t win until he comes off the bench, on his next team.
“I look at Carmelo as someone who will have his greatest success on his next team as someone who comes off the bench as an instant offense guy. And is not on the floor for 38-40 minutes, similar to what Bob McAdoo did with his days after the Knicks (was sixth man for Lakers title teams in 1982, 1985).”
Despite Amar’e Stoudemire working hard on his game this year by adding a post-up game courtesy of Hakeem Olajuwon, Albert still thinks the Knicks two stars will have trouble meshing over the duration of a 82-game season.
“I know that he did that, but their games are so similar I really don’t see how it can mesh,” Albert said. “It may mesh on certain occasions, but over the long haul of 82 games and a playoff run, I think it’s very difficult.”