Monroe: Knicks didn't get Carmelo needed help

Ashish Mathur

New York Knicks legend Earl "The Pearl" Monroe doesn't think Carmelo Anthony had enough help, and Monroe wasn't afraid to say so -- despite the team president Phil Jackson was his former running mate.

Here is what Monroe said in an exclusive interview with the New York Post:

"I thought this team was going to be pretty good with Derrick Rose coming in and Courtney Lee, though I’m not sure he’s a starting guard,’’ Monroe said. “But there was no chemistry, not even in the locker room. And Melo, he has done what he was brought here to do.”

The Knicks missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season, and by all accounts, are looking to move on from Anthony.

Both the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have been linked to the Knicks star.

“Phil needed to put people around him that do what he doesn’t do," Monroe told the newspaper. "That’s up to management. Melo played up to his strengths and he played up to his weaknesses. He’s always been that player. You need to augment him with the right other pieces.”

The Knicks own the N0. 8 overall pick in the upcoming draft.