“I don’t think anybody’s good enough to beat Miami,” Ewing told ESPNNewYork.com. “Miami’s on a roll; you’ve got three bona fide superstars on that team who are used to playing with each other, who are playing at a very high level. I don’t think anybody right now can challenge Miami in the East. I don’t really think anyone can challenge them in the West, either.”
Ewing sat courtside at the Garden for the first half of the Knicks’ victory over Orlando on Wednesday night; the Knicks great left the building at halftime to prepare for his debut as a postgame analyst on the MSG Network. Ewing said he initially believed Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire would form a tandem that might ultimately topple the Heat.
“When I looked at that team on paper, the duo of Amar'e and Melo, I liked it a lot as an inside-outside punch,” Ewing said. “Even though they were both similar in a lot of ways where they both need the ball, I thought you could post Amar'e up, you could run pick-and-roll, you could hit him on the dive. And Melo can shoot the long ball, put it on the floor, and you could also post him up.
“I thought it was good, but then it’s about the pieces you put around them. I like the team. It’s just unfortunate that Amar'e got hurt, and then when you’re playing in New York, everything is put under a microscope.”
Nobody knows that better than Patrick Ewing.