News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 6, 2014

RONN MOTT: Knicks

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — The big noise in the NBA is whether Carmelo Anthony will stay with the New York Knicks or go elsewhere.

If my memory serves, and it doesn’t always, Carmelo left the Denver Nuggets, the team that drafted him, to play in the bright lights of the Big Apple. It was loudly proclaimed at the time that Carmelo wanted to play for a championship team. The Knicks’ ownership bought a bunch of players and spent a whole bunch of money to aid Carmelo in helping the Knicks to get to a championship.

Alas and alack, it happened in New York, just like it didn’t in Denver. Carmelo Anthony proved he doesn’t understand two words: Team work. To say he is a ball hog is a blanket understatement. Has he helped the Knicks get to a championship? Not even close.

So, will somebody pay him millions of dollars to do the same thing somewhere else? And the answer is… highly probable. The reason why is simple. He can throw in 30, 40 or 50 points almost at will. He is, by any sense of measurement, a great shooter. But when it comes to winning, he’s a great loser.  

The Indiana Pacers have shown what good teamwork will do. Of course, they feed the shooters the ball, but all of them play defense and all of them can score when it is necessary to do so. It does appear the players on the New York Knickerbockers are fed up watching Anthony be a one-man team. He, more than any other player in the National Basketball Association, proves that one man, no matter how great, cannot be five men. His teammates know it, and now the ownership of the New York Knicks know it as well.

Would I pay this ex-Syracuse gunner millions of dollars as he rolls into his 30s? No. Simply put, the smart money would not.

I recommend to all the big egos who own sports franchises to sit through the baseball movie “Money Ball.” They would learn it is not always money that buys the victories, but intelligence when it comes to choosing players. Now the movie is about baseball, but the principles apply everywhere.

Of course, you have to have some basic intelligence to understand what the movie is about and how you would apply it to your franchise regardless of the sport. This would leave most of the owners of professional sports out in the cold.



Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.