The New York Knicks are enjoying a season better than most expected, sitting second in the Eastern Conference with most of the season behind them. Their bold offseason moves of acquiring Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd have worked out pretty well, and their core of Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith have all lifted their game to help lead the Knicks through an interesting year. Despite all of this glory and success New York have had this season, nobody gives them a puncher’s chance to come close against the Miami Heat in the NBA Playoffs. Most would take the likes of Indiana, Brooklyn, Chicago and perhaps even Boston over the Knicks in a seven game playoffs series. The Knicks aren’t scaring anyone, even if Carmelo Anthony is playing out of his mind. For both the NBA and the Knicks, this is not what we expected from the Melo-Amar’e era in New York. Nobody expected the Knicks to be this high in 2013, but the Knicks are still much further away from a championship than they would like when they signed their historically old roster. This is not something to critique, it’s just the way the NBA works. There’s only so many LeBron James’ and Kevin Durants to go around to legitimate championship contenders. That’s fine. The Knicks aren’t at risk of folding, they can afford to ride out this successful list and try to step to a championship contender if the right move or player comes their way.
However, Carmelo Anthony can’t wait. Nearly 29, Anthony is the only top five pick in the 2003 NBA Draft not to have an NBA championship. We know Carmelo wants to win, that’s why he endured the Melodrama to force his way out of a good-not-great Denver team to get to the Knicks in the first place. The Knicks are a good team with one of the best scorers in Anthony and defenders in Chandler. They’d probably be a bigger threat in the dulled East if LeBron James wasn’t in the prime of his historic career right now. For Carmelo, he’s contracted until the end of 2014, where he’s then given a player option and the chance to move on once more for a shot winning a championship. However, it’s beginning to look more and more likely that Anthony will fail to lead a team to the elusive NBA title that his career probably needs to go from great to ‘a great’, and it’s a shame to see such a gifted scorer suffer in the sad reality of sports – there has to be winners, there has to be losers, and there have to be the winners that never win it all.