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Knicks could try to deal Carmelo, but should they?

first_imgNew York Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, left, talks to Carmelo Anthony during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony wanted New York and Knicks fans wanted him — if the price was right.The Knicks probably exceeded it when they acquired him six years ago this month, setting expectations Anthony was eager to face but is increasingly unlikely to ever meet.ADVERTISEMENT But Mark Jackson, a former Knicks guard and current ABC analyst, cautions the failure belongs to the Knicks, one of the NBA’s sorriest franchises of the last 15 years, and not Anthony.“You don’t win with just one person,” Jackson said. “He’s a great player, a future Hall of Famer, there’s no question about it. So to me, it’s been team-wise, they haven’t been successful overall. But what he’s done and what he’s been able to do should be acknowledged and recognized. He’s one of the great Knicks.”On Saturday, Anthony passed Earl Monroe, who was on one of the Knicks’ two championship teams in a four-year span in the 1970s, to move into seventh place on the franchise’s career scoring list. He’ll soon move into the top 25 on the NBA’s career scoring list, and with his collegiate and international championships, he should easily get into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.“Listen what he’s done in this game … national championship at Syracuse as a freshman, that’s hard. What he’s done with FIBA basketball, I said (earlier this season), the Olympics, world championships, how he represented our country, it’s fantastic,” said Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, a Knicks assistant when Anthony was acquired. “He’s had a fantastic career. Still a heck of a player.”Opposing coaches agree, denying any slippage in Anthony’s game, even as his scoring and shooting percentage have fallen at 32. But President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson apparently isn’t convinced, with reports the Knicks have contacted the Cavaliers, Clippers and Celtics about an Anthony trade.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Chan Sun Jung makes UFC return, KOs Bermudez in 1st round Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown But if his time in New York is almost up, if the Knicks really are considering moving on without him, a word of warning.“He had 25 (points) in one quarter this year. Very recently,” LeBron James said. “So you tell me. How many guys do that?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnNot many, but that hasn’t stopped round-the-clock trade speculation over the last couple of weeks, with still a couple more until the NBA trade deadline.If Anthony is dealt, he will leave without leading the Knicks to a title, or even getting particularly close. For his many critics, that will make it easy to label him a disappointment, especially by those who never wanted him in the first place at the cost of three starters and a top reserve off a promising team. MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Anthony wants to stay in New York and he can, given his no-trade clause that allows him to veto any deal, but some supporters are ready to see him go.The boos were noticeable as Anthony’s shot was off in a recent game and again Saturday in a loss to Cleveland. One fan’s impatience was evident after a particularly bad shot.“Two more years of that, you’ve got to be kidding me!” he screamed.Anthony angered some fans before he ever arrived by pushing for a trade and a more lucrative contract. Anthony was set to be a free agent in July of 2011, but instead, he sought a swap that would allow him to sign a more profitable extension, and the Knicks ended up sending Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Timofey Mozgov to Denver.The deal paid off for a time. The Knicks made the playoffs the season Anthony arrived, their first appearance since 2004, and in 2012 won a postseason game for the first time since 2001, ending an NBA-record 13-game skid in the postseason. New York won 54 games and dethroned Boston to win the Atlantic Division championship in 2013, with Anthony winning the NBA scoring title as the Knicks reached the Eastern Conference semifinals.They’ve since returned to their losing ways, on pace to miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season. Maybe that makes it easier for Anthony to accept a trade to a contender, if Phil Jackson is able to find one.The Knicks have gone down that road before when they traded Patrick Ewing in 2000. Anthony, by just about any measure, has had the best Knicks career since.Soon it might be over.“He’s a great player and he can care less, he’s going out and getting the job done and I’ve seen teams push guys out and wish they had him back,” Mark Jackson said. “He’s the one guy with all due respect to everybody else that you have to as an opposition, that you have to game plan against, and he’s the one you highlight.” Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more