Melo may say he had nothing but he's clearly not sorry. He seems to have a fan in the new interim coach Mike Woodson. According to a Daily News story, Jeremy Lin may be pushed aside for Baron Davis.
This is the best case scenario for Melo. He gets to have his cake and eat it too. D'Antoni's gone with his system that was about more than simply being Melo's playground. The coach's system was meant to distribute the ball around a bit and was predicated on a strong point guard.
However Woodson is going to play a game that will center more around Melo and Stoudemire. Ultimately as a Knicks fan I care only about winning. But the question begs-where has Melo won before?
If Lin indeed does take a back seat under Woodson it could work. The knock on Anthony is that since he's been here the Knicks have regressed. They were a better team last year with Stoudemire being The Man with some good bench and role players. Based on that team, that played D'Antoni's system lacked a strong center and point guard and Chandler and Lin would seem to fill that lack.
Since Melo's been here Stoudemire hasn't been as good, he's kind of taken a step back. However, the case for Melo is that maybe the departing coach's system just was not good for Melo, maybe he in a new system based more on his talents he will soar, Stoudemire will soar-though until now, Melo hasn't lifted Stoudemire up-and the team will soar.
However, the worst case scenario that worries me is this: Melo will be happy but the team wont win that many games. Maybe they'll win some. But they wont get to that next level though it might kind of look like they will in the early going. Lin ends up going somewhere else and being some other team's Steve Nash, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, or Larry Bird.
Nothing that Woodson has said so far sounds very good for Lin:
"I want everybody to know, when it comes to nut-cutting time and I've got a big shot, I'm going to Melo and Amar'e and guys that have done it."
He says that his first Knick's coach,, Red Holtzman taught him a valuable lesson:
"He taught me that rookies were to sit and listen and learn," Woodson said. "That taught me a valuable lesson I think way back when."
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