Knicks’ star Carmelo Anthony vows to be more aggressive as a recruiter this summer and starts out with Rajon Rondo convincing him that he can fit in the system.
“I don’t want to be tampering — I’ve heard he said he wouldn’t thrive in a system like this,” Anthony said of his fellow Oak Hill Academy alum according to the New York Post. “I think he’d be perfect in a system like this. A system like this fits a guy like that. To have the ball in their hands and be able to run the offense, I think it fits well. I don’t know who’s telling him he don’t fit. It is a misconception about that. Some of our keys of offense is penetration, getting in the paint, pushing the pace, transition creating in the paint for bigs. A point guard would love that. It’s a perfect opportunity.”
Anthony in any way is not tampering with the assumption of getting Rondo from the Kings. The Knicks are clearly not in the playoff picture, even if they are 6.5 games back of the eighth seed. The system that President Phil Jackson wants to play is the triangle. Not a lot of elite point guards want to play in a system where the guards are not dominating the ball.
It give players the freedom to touch the ball and score off an assist, but the right players need to fit in. The triangle is predictable against opponents and they need to make it better by acquiring better talent for the roster.
Anthony is in his prime at 31 years old, approaching 32 in May. Whether they make the playoffs or not, the franchise itself needs to win free agency this summer for Anthony to have a chance to compete for a championship.