NBA Legend Oscar Robertson says Melo Should Leave The Knicks [Video]
Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson knows a thing or two about the game of basketball, so when he gives advice it is probably in your best interest to listen.
In this case, the “Big O” is telling Knicks’ star Carmelo Anthony to pack his things and get out of New York ASAP!
“I would leave today [if I were Carmelo],” Roberston said on SiriusXM NBA radio Thursday. “… Let me tell you why: wherever that kid has gone, when he was at Denver, they had a team that fooled around with the ball, fooled around with the ball, then all of the sudden when they needed a basket, threw it to Carmelo. Then, when he shot the ball, they said he shot too much. Then when he didn’t shoot they said he didn’t shoot enough.
Robertson explained that New York Knicks’ fans/media do not appreciate Anthony and just use him as a scapegoat for the teams troubles.
“No matter what he does in New York they’re going to criticize him, the people are going to criticize him, because you got guys on [the Knicks] that cannot play. You got guys that are hurt all the time.”
Anthony has already made the decision to opt out of his contract and become a free agent. The Knicks still have a shot of getting him back but they will have to fight off teams like the Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets; which Robertson thinks would be the perfect fit for Anthony.
“If he goes to Houston, they’re gonna win everything,” Robertson told host and well-known Knicks fan Spike Lee. “You look at LeBron [James], LeBron’s got a great game and the kid down at Oklahoma, [Kevin] Durant’s got a great game — they can’t out-shoot Carmelo. … I’ve seen him in a lot of basketball games over the years and I’m telling you right now the kid, he just can get that shot away. Now he’s gotten smarter, he’s going to the basket a lot. But what gets me is that everyone thinks that everything that happens bad is his fault.”
Robertson may have a point, Anthony could be the most under appreciated player in the NBA. Now do not mix up under appreciated with underrated because we all know Melo can ball, but think back to the horrible season that the Knicks just ended. During that dreadful season Anthony had the most efficient offensive year of his career and grabbed a career high 8 rebounds a game.
Think about it, how much of the Knicks season could you really blame on Anthony.
Let us know what you think. Should Anthony leave the Knicks or should he stay and try and build a contender with Phil Jackson.