I've been in an awkward position as a Knicks and Syracuse fan the past few years.
It started harmlessly enough when you defended the second round Andy Rautins pick. Yet then, when Carmelo came over to the Knicks, knowing they decimated their roster to bring him in, things were serious. Melo had one good postseason run over in Denver. Sure, he was competing against some amazing Lakers, Mavericks and Spurs teams. Again, after two postseasons with the Knicks against two very good teams, Melo's squad has won a combined 1 game.
This past season he quit to make sure Mike D'Antoni resigned (fine, D'Antoni sucked but is this really the way to go about it?). He threw Jeremy Lin under the bus by calling Houston's offer a "ridiculous contract" despite the fact that Lin had ignited MSG unlike Melo really ever has and lead the team to a great record during Linsanity. Despite the newfound momentum, when Melo came back from injury during Linsanity, Lin's shot attempts dropped drastically, and so did the amount of Knicks wins. You'd think he'd embrace the fact that the team he gutted in the trade to NY actually now had an impact PG.Here's the obvious issue. I adore Melo for all he has done for Syracuse. Sure he was only here for one year, but the ripple effect from the championship, and more-so the Melo Center, has allowed Syracuse to maintain its current perch as one of college basketball's elites.
But it's getting harder and harder to defend him. The style of play, the me-first attitude, the scoring is the only important thing concept, are all wearing on me as a Knicks fan.
The Lin ordeal kind of put it over the top. For someone who has threatened teams regarding his contract, you think Melo would be OK with someone else getting paid. Especially when that someone else helped the MSG stock skyrocket $600 million.
For all the crap Lebron James got until he won his championship this year, you'd think there would be more of a focus on the shortcomings of Melo in the NBA. Other than the poor idea of the Decision (and disappearing when the Celtics were finishing off his Cavs....and Delonte just finished off Lebron's Mom) , each of Melo's aforementioned issues are worse than anything Lebron has done.
I think unfortunately I'm at a point where I look back and admire the Syracuse Carmelo Anthony, but can't root (unless he somehow miraculously changes) for the NYK Carmelo.