Carmelo Anthony did all he could to help his team win on Friday, but as has been the case more often than not this year, his effort simply wasn’t enough.
New York dropped a double-overtime game in Orlando that left them four and a half games out of a playoff spot in the East, despite Anthony finishing with 44 points and 11 rebounds.
The trade deadline came and went without the Knicks making any deals, and that’s probably a good thing considering what they were about to get back in exchange for Iman Shumpert. Anthony wasn’t interested in discussing his team’s lack of improvement after the loss, however, essentially saying that it wasn’t his place to comment on front office decisions.
From Marc Berman of the New York Post:
Carmelo Anthony isn’t sure whether the Knicks standing pat at the trade deadline while their competitors improved was the right or wrong thing to do. But he knows not to dwell on it.
“We didn’t make any moves,’’ Anthony said after the latest disastrous loss, a 129-121 double-overtime defeat to the Magic on Friday night. “Should we have or not? That’s not for me to say. We didn’t, we move on. We have the same team and have to move on.’’
That’s not exactly the same as Kobe Bryant saying he doesn’t want any input on the Lakers free agent decisions, but it’s in the same vicinity.
The difference in Anthony’s case is that he himself will be a free agent this summer, and has said specifically that he wants to see the team’s future plans before he considers whether or not to re-sign.
No deal the Knicks would have made at the deadline would have improved the team enough on paper to guarantee a playoff spot via a second half push. Anthony likely realizes that, which is why the question of what the team will do in the offseason is far more important to him than the one of what could have happened at the deadline that has already passed.
Dwyane Wade has earned his status as an elder statesman, the E.F. Hutton kind of veteran who speaks and everybody listens.
Rookie Justise Winslow is listening.
Winslow (who should have gone higher in this draft) is a perfect fit for the Heat and he’s going to be part of their rotation off the bench from the start of the season (along with Josh McRoberts and Amare Stoudemire). Wade has already fully stepped into the mentor role with Winslow working with him on post moves, reports Jason Lieser at the Palm Beach Post.
“As his career develops, hopefully he’s able to do multiple things on the floor, but right now there’s gonna be certain things (Erik Spoelstra) wants him to do, and some of those things I’m good at,” Wade said. “I’m just passing down knowledge to someone who I think could be good at things that I have strengths at. It’s gonna take a while, but if he figures it out at 21, he’s ahead of the curve. I figured it out at like 27.
“All of us are where we’re at because someone before us helped us. They helped by letting us sit there and watch film with them or having conversations with them. If he’s a student of it and he really wants to know, I’m a pretty decent teacher in certain areas.”
This is what you want out of a veteran leader and some of the young teams out there have done an excellent job adding this kind of mentor — Kevin Garnett in Minnesota may be the best example. Someone who can pass on his wisdom and show the team’s young players how to be a professional and win in the NBA.
It’s a little different for Winslow, he and the Heat are more in a win-now mode, but he should be able to contribute to that.
Bill Bridges, a star as a Kansas Jayhawk who went on to have a 12-year NBA career that included being part of the 1975 Golden State Warriors championship team, has passed away, according to the University of Kansas.
Bridges was an undersized power forward at 6’6″ but he was a beast on the boards who averaged 11.9 rebounds a game for his career and more than 13 a game for six straight years at the peak of his career. That 11.9 per game average is still 27th all-time in NBA history.
A New Mexico native, Bridges was a three-time All-Star (all as a member of the Hawks), two-time All-NBA Defensive team, and was part of the 1975 Warriors title team. Besides the Hawks (St. Louis and Atlanta) and Warriors, Bridges played for the Sixers and Lakers.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.