Can Carmelo Anthony Deliver A Championship?
During the last month, sports pundits, fans and the media have been spending a lot of time and energy trying to figure out where Carmelo Anthony will wind up playing.
Some people believe he will become a New Jersey Net.
Others think he could end up playing at Madison Square Garden as a member of The New York Knicks.
Others think he will remain in Denver.
Can Carmelo Anthony deliver an NBA Championship to the Knicks or the Nets?
The composition of a winning basketball teams was discussed in one of my books, Who Will The Big Game: 50 Characteristics Of Championship Players, Teams And Coaches.
This book examines psychological and mathematical factors which produce winners. The book was written with Carlton Chin, an MIT trained quant. Carlton looked at data which produces championships in a wide range of sports. I discussed the psychological factors which produce athletes, teams and coaches who can win big games.
Carlton and I are now starting to help owners, coaches and athletic directors build winning organizations. Consequently, we have looked at a number of NBA teams who have compiled outstanding records.
If you look at many of the great basketball teams, a lot of them had two
super stars on the team at the same time. In many instances, they had a dominant big man and an outstanding guard or forward to compliment this “big man.”
The Chicago Bulls had Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
The old Los Angeles Lakers had Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The
current Laker team has Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
The Utah Jazz had Moses Malone and Dick Stockton.
The great New York Knick teams had Walt Frazier and Willis Reed.
The San Antonio Spurs had Tim Duncan and Tony Parker on their roster.
The Boston Celtics had Larry Bird and Kevin McHale on their squad.
Most of these teams, were also known for their great defenses, their consistent
play, their great benches, their tenacious defense, their team chemistry and their fine
If the Knicks get Anthony, they will have a dynamic duo consisting of him
and Amare Stoudemire. So, the Knicks will have a good big man and a great forward.
These two players can form the nucleus of a quality team. However, if
they give up some of their good players in the trade for Anthony, in my view, they still need perhaps three more quality players to be competitive in today’s NBA. If they can find these players to compliment the dynamic duo of Stoudemire and Anthony, they can have a much better squad in perhaps three to four years.
Right now, they are not on the same level as are some of the top teams. They can not compete with Miami, Boston, San Antonio or Los Angeles. Their record reflects this fact.
In addition, there is some question whether Mike D’Antoni can oversee awinning team in The Big Apple. It is possible that they may have to make a coaching change in order to get this struggling franchise to a respectable level.
In all likelihood, it will take three years for the Knicks to build a formidable team even if they are able to sign Carmelo Anthony.
In my view, The New Jersey Nets lack the coaching and the personnel to be competitive in the NBA even if they get Carmelo Anthony. They seem to have a long way to go to improve and they are perhaps five or six years away from being a fine team.
Basketball is very much a team game and adding one or two super stars is simply not enough to be a winner in today’s NBA.
Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. is a Psychotherapist in River Edge, New Jersey and the Founder of www.StayInTheZone.com Coaches, owners and athletic directors who need help in building winning organizations can contact him at 888 580-ZONE.