....And I can see them getting substantially worse.
As Knick fans, we've waited years for this. A team that has the ability to be a championship level team if all of the pieces come together. We have watchable players and hot crowds at the Garden make it feel like the old days. Problem is, this roster is flawed. I won't go into details as we all know the issues, no PG, a certain player dominating the ball, etc. So how much worse can it get? Let's say in the offseason, management gets fed up and trades Amar'e.
This would wash all of the progress away that the Knicks have made over the last few seasons.
It should be noted that when the Knicks signed Amar'e, I was against the sign because of the health issues. Even now, the talk of Amare's knees being an issue or his back being an issue is terrifying. However, while you can question his knees, back and overall health, I denying anyone that wants to question one thing....
In an era where all any superstar wants to do now is play "with his boys" and "form super teams", Amare said no. In a crowd of white shirts, the bright yellow shirt came to NY. Wade said no to NY, so did LeBron, so did Bosh. Amare said yes. That was not just a yes to NY, it was a yes to working hard towards winning a championship. Not only did he not take the easy way out - he placed the mantle on his shoulders. He had no commitment from anyone else but stood up on day one and said I'm here and the Knicks are back. While Bosh and LeBron told their respective franchises to GFY in hope of an easy path to rings, Amare basically said "its me and whoever else is here, let's roll".
Now I'm not crazy, I know that Melo is the better player but sometime things just don't work out. Melo doesn't just need the ball, he commands it. He needs his shots and he needs his points, no matter what the cost to the rest of the team. Melo is undoubtedly one of the 10 best players in the league but is he a fit here? So far, its tough to say that he is. Amare came here and fit right into the roster when he showed up - Melo has yet to do the same.
When you factor in the leadership ability and how he's stepped up from day one, its tough to sell me on trading Amare for ANYONE. (Ok, If Kobe, Durant or Howard, etc were available, I get it but realistically that wouldn't happen except for Howard) Yet, if this team continues to flounder,and changes to the roster are made, its a safe bet that Amare is the first guy out the door when he should be the last.