Carmelo Anthony seems to like what the Knicks have done this offseason — adding Metta World Peace and Andrea Bargnani while retaining J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin — but he seems to love what the Brooklyn Nets have done.
“It’s special what [Brooklyn] did,” Melo told Jeff Goodman of ESPNNewYork.com. “(Jason Kidd) will have four or five future Hall of Famers. I played with him for a year and also with USA Basketball and I know his mentality. He knows the game. It won’t be hard for him to deal with those guys because he’ll put them in position and only have to tell them things one time.”
The Nets, of course, have added Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, Shaun Livingston, and Alan Anderson this offseaon and only lost one playoff starter in Gerald Wallace (who looked spent by last offseason anyway). It has a lot of fans, of both the Nets and Knicks, thinking that Brooklyn may now be the better team. Five wins separated the two teams last season.
“We’ll see whether we have enough,” Anthony added. “We haven’t even stepped on the court yet.”
Melo also called it a big year for him and the Knicks which is an understatement to say the least. Knicks fans thought that their team rivaled the Heat last season and had championship aspirations all year long. With no major improvements this offseason, the Knicks might have taken a step back behind the Nets, as well as the Pacers and Bulls. It’ll be yet another big letdown in Manhattan if the Knicks do indeed fall behind those teams.
A letdown would have big implications for the Knicks as well as Anthony can opt-out of his contract at the end of the season. He will most assuredly use that opt-out, but the question is will he re-sign with the Knicks or move on to somewhere else. I can’t help but feel that if this season is a disappointment and he’s boo’d in Madison Square Garden, even a little bit, he might think about leaving for, say, Los Angeles.