It’s time for Carmelo Anthony to define his lasting legacy. We all know and have known for a decade that he is a great scorer and a good individual player. But now he has to decide if that’s good enough for him, or does he want to be known as an all-time great player. If he wants the latter then he must understand that the only way to do that is to win and be known as a winner.
To be known as a winner he must win a championship, or at least take his team deep into the playoffs or to the Finals. Melo is in his tenth year now and he has only made it out of the first round of the playoffs once, and it can be argued that Chauncey Billups was the one who led that Denver Nuggets team. Melo also has the worst playoff record in twenty years.
He is behind his fellow superstar classmates of the 2003 NBA Draft class. LeBron James led the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals once, and has since won the Championship once out of two consecutive Finals appearances with the Miami Heat. Dwyane Wade has been to the Finals three times with two Championship rings. Chris Bosh won a ring last season with James and Wade.
Melo’s playoff series losses haven’t even been competitive for the most part. Like I stated earlier...Melo is a great scorer who has the advantage regardless of who’s guarding him, he can score at will. But being a great players means you make the other guys on the roster better than they really are and you raise their level of play on the court.
This season looks to be his best chance to do that. His New York Knicks are one of the best teams in the league right now with a 7-1 record, and he hasn’t even had the help of fellow teammate and star Amare Stoudemire. It will be interesting to see if Stoudemire’s return disrupts the on court chemistry of the team.
The Knicks are off to a great start but it means nothing if they fade as the season goes on, and it means nothing for Melo’s legacy if they aren’t legit contenders to the Miami Heat in the playoffs. Regardless of what happens throughout the rest of his career Melo will be known as and go down in history as one of the greatest scoring threats in basketball history.
But if he wants a greater legacy, to be remembered as one of the greatest players ever...he has to win, and win big time games in the playoffs and Finals. It’s time to get it done Melo...we’ll be watching to see if you can.