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Melo becoming invisible in the Big Apple

By: Kyera Stinson

Carmelo Anthony should be the biggest star in the NBA but as time goes by he's becoming more and more invisible.

Carmelo Anthony should be the biggest star in the NBA but as time goes by he’s becoming more and more invisible.

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is in danger of becoming one of the more irrelevant players; which seems absurd for a star playing in such a huge media market. He is arguably one of the best scorers in the league, but yet his name has still slipped from the attention of some of the minds of basketball fans around the world.

Anthony was once billed as a franchise player and expected rival to some of the top names in the league, like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant; but his contributions and efforts may have been overshadowed by one bizarre move and self-misplacement from Denver to New York. In a split second decision, Melo made the choice to go from a solid functional organization with three division titles, to become nearly a milk carton antic. Not only did he become the butt of a joke, he left a lot of sour taste in the mouths of a lot of fans that used to sing sweet songs around his name.

In 2011, Anthony demanded to be set free and sent to no other place than his hometown of New York. The deal would leave Denver with only nine players to rotate on their roster, and the Knicks with what should have been a lot of star power. Once Anthony departed for New York, he would be placed in a lackluster situation, not being able to fully gel with the players around him. Only the basketball Gods knows how he could he fit his game around the group, so much that they clinched the playoff berth and the Atlantic division title his second season in New York.

After a disappointing loss to the Indiana Pacers in the 2012-2013 semifinals, Anthony could have easily made the move to sign with a number of other potential championship teams like former mates J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert; but instead he opted to stay at home and work around his the new lineup.

Without a core group of guys around him, Anthony can’t possibly become the elite franchise-altering player that could help carry his team into the postseason. Anthony sits along the same lines as players like DeMarcus Cousins and Chris Bosh. He has proven recently that when surrounded by quality players, he can shine and get the job done, but with subpar talent on the floor, the 2013 scoring champion becomes microscopic. While his player averages still rate about the same, he is still heavily outshined by players like Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant. New York’s inability to acquire decent talent will ultimately affect his legacy—after all Michael Jordan didn’t get six rings by himself.

Anthony still has a lot left to be completed in his career, and if he places winning as top tier on the pedestal, he is going to have to make some difficult decisions. While he is still under contract until possibly the 2017-18 season, there still might be some options out there for him.

With trade rumors blowing in the wind, Anthony is going to need those highlight reel type of nights like he had Sunday night against Milwaukee. The Knicks are looking at building a great team—a younger team; and the harsh reality is that an older Melo just might not be the future of that plan. Although he loves the Big Apple and is starting to make great strides there, that love just doesn’t bring in championship titles. It would benefit both sides if he would possibly consider moving his way down south; maybe even to a team in Florida.

Staying in New York would slim his chances of ever getting a ring, and let’s be honest, what player doesn’t want to win and make history? It might be a step back for the Knicks until they can find all the right pieces, but it gives Anthony the chance to likely fulfill his destiny.

None the less, the decision to tie one’s future to the Garden has created many shadows with a firm chokehold on a potential positive prospect for many who have claimed the orange and blue. Although Anthony has been on radar recently with changes to his personal style and including more of his team and less of himself, he is still sadly not where he needs to be.

Anthony has become an invisible character in what should have been his own super hero show, in a big city filled with nothing but even bigger dreams and aspirations. If he decides to stay in New York for the comfort and ease of his family, there is no doubt that he will be kissing the chance at being crowned champion goodbye, for good.

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