League Executives compare Carmelo Anthony to Stephon Marbury; say he can’t win a title
The New York Knicks entered 2013-14 fresh off a 54-victory season that saw them capture the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic division title for the first time since 1994. The Carmelo Anthony-led Knicks would eventually be eliminated in round two of the playoffs after six games to the Indiana Pacers. Expectations for this season seemed to have lessened to an extent after many of the top-level Eastern teams came back stronger either from returning injured players or by making trades like the Brooklyn Nets. Fast forward to this year and the Knicks have sputtered right from the get-go. After a season in which many things went right for the Knicks including Carmelo Anthony leading the league in scoring, this season has been antithesis of the 2012-2013 Knickerbockers. In fact, they have been absolutely dreadful playing at Madison Square Garden. This, on top of many other problems going on in Knicks land, have many NBA aficionados openly questioning not just the state of the franchise, but if Carmelo Anthony is a player that you can win a championship with as your top gun. Via ESPN/Chris Broussard:
“I love him as a player. I just don’t think he’s your alpha male. He can’t be your No. 1 guy. He’s kind of like Clyde Drexler. As the alpha male in Portland, Clyde never got over the top. But when he went to Houston and was the No. 2 guy to Hakeem Olajuwon, he won… I would love to have him as a second guy. But as your alpha male? He’s not going to win anything like that. He’s kind of like the 2013 version of Stephon Marbury. He’s not as bad as Stephon, but he’s got Steph tendencies.”
I’m not sure I’d say he is the “2013 version of Stephon Marbury,” but he certainly hasn’t made his teammates better since he’s arrived in New York. Except for last season when Melo was surrounded by veteran leadership, Anthony has hardly lived up to the expectations the Knicks had for him when they made the blockbuster trade back in February of 2011. The season is very young still, but if the play of Anthony and his teammates doesn’t improve soon, he’ll be hearing a lot of this kind of chatter from NBA circles.
– Jason Whitney