Apr 2, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT
As we near the start of this NBA playoffs, the big question about Carmelo Anthony — and by proxy the Knicks — remains the one that was asked about him last season, and the one before that, and the one before that, and…
Does he understand and is he willing to make the team play sacrifices to his game needed to lead a team to a title?
Knicks legend Bill Bradley, who was a member of the last two Knicks title teams (and went on to be a New Jersey senator) told the New York Post he wonders if ‘Melo is ready.
“Miami won last year because they played as a team,’’ Bradley said. “They were unselfish. There’s a connection there. I really do believe LeBron, [Dwyane] Wade and [Chris] Bosh and [Shane] Battier, they really want to be champions more than they want individual achievements. They realize being a champion is the highest individual achievement.’’
Has Anthony learned that yet?
“He’s a great offensive talent, no question,’’ Bradley said. “I don’t know him enough. I don’t know if he has. I hope so. And he might already know it.”
Early in the season it felt like Carmelo Anthony had learned that lesson and the Knicks were off to a hot start. But as injuries piled up that team identity seemed to come and go — it’s been back recently on an eight game winning streak.
The real test is the playoffs, of course.
“The ultimate champion is always the most unselfish team. We didn’t have any idea who would score on a particular night. At the end of the game, any one person could take the shot, and if they missed, everyone said you’ll hit it next time.’’
The ultimate champion also usually has the most talent (or close to it). Can the Knicks really match the Heat there? And in team play? We’ll find the answers starting in a few weeks.
Jul 14, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT
Heat, Cavaliers have been linked to LeBron James’ former teammate
Jul 14, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT
Bonner will make the league minimum
Jul 14, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT
DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons added to list
Jul 14, 2014, 10:25 AM EDT
Stan Van Gundy uprading his shooters
Jul 14, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT
Crazy ending to game between the Hawks and the D-League select squad in Vegas.
Jul 14, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT
Otto Porter is going to play behind Pierce this season, he hopes to learn a lot.
Jul 14, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT
It was his best highlight on Sunday
Jul 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
He’s dropped weight and is playing well. Maybe not No. 1 pick well, but like a guy who can contribute at the NBA level.
Jul 14, 2014, 2:02 AM EDT
McDermott and Tony Snell had a very good shooting game for the Bulls.
Jul 14, 2014, 1:15 AM EDT
This is an upgrade for the Bulls up front.
Jul 14, 2014, 12:05 AM EDT
He will backup Kemba Walker.
Jul 13, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT
Hinrich took less to stay in Chicago.
Jul 13, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT
Miami continues to bring the band back together — minus LeBron James, of course.
Jul 13, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT
The Bulls frontline rotation next season may be best in NBA.
Jul 13, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT
Randle signed his deal just 20 minutes before tip-off, but he was able to scramble a bit to make it into the starting lineup.
Jul 13, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT
Dallas has had a very nice offseason.
Jul 13, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT
A good signing to maintain roster continuity, considering Chalmers has been Miami’s starting point guard for the past three seasons.
Jul 13, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT
In a wide open East, the Nets roster looks like one that could do some damage. If it can stay healthy.
Jul 13, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT
Exum’s performance didn’t stuff the stat sheet, but was extremely exciting nonetheless.
Jul 13, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT
He will step into a stretch four role in Charlotte.
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