When New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony posted a photo of his shocking weight loss this offseason, many thought he was simply attempting to copy friend and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James.
However, Melo, who has spent the past few seasons often working in the post for the Knicks is expected to be more of a facilitator in the new triangle offense. Given that, Carmelo Anthony no longer needed the extra poundage and combined with his desire to get more fit, the former Syracuse star looks like a shell of his former self.
That’s only going to assist him in the New York Knicks’ transition to the triangle offense, a system in which he’ll likely thrive in according to an NBA scout.
“I think he’s skilled enough and I think he’s smart enough. I think he’ll fit very well.”
Of course, the scout for an Atlantic Division team wasn’t without some reservations, suggesting that while he believes Carmelo Anthony will do well, he’s going to have to add different pieces to his game.
“He’s got to bring the whole package [to make the triangle work]. He’s gotta be a team player, he’s got to cut harder and he’s got to move the ball. He’s going to have to do a lot of things that he isn’t known for doing.”
While Carmelo Anthony at times looked to be somewhat of a ball hog who worked in the post far too often, Anthony has shown an ability to be more of a facilitator and all-around player when he has suited up for Team USA in the past. Given that, it’s difficult to envision that Melo won’t have success in the triangle, though there will likely be an adjustment period understandably.