Actually Carmelo would prefer to play from the post especially from the power forward position, the problem is Stoudamire or another 4 was preventing or at times Martin.
But moving Amare to the bench seemed to be the solution caue it allowed Carmelo to be where he was most effective.
But Woodson seemed content once Amare was back to play him at the 4 off the bench while keeping Carmelo at the 3. Even when Chris Copeland was nailing shots and it would have been better to sit Carmelo at the 4 and Copeland at the 3, Woodson would sit Copeland, put Carmelo at the 3 and keep Stoudamire at the 4.
And now this year the Knicks have gotten Bargnani as their starting 4 which means more often than not 90% of the time Carmelo is gonna spend is at the 3 position which is NOT where he wants to be.
So him going and learning from Hakeem for a second year does say something about him because he's doing it despite the fact he's probably gonna see little to no minutes at the 4 this year.
Playing at the 4 has nothing to do with being down in the post. He gets iso's all the time and he always try to take off the dribble or just shoot with the man in his face. Very rarely you see him put his back to the basket and take the game down to the post, and when you do he is much more effective.
Melo loves to take jump shots and that is no secret. With his talent and skills that is completely fine since he is one of the best jump shooters out there off the dribble or just spot up with a man in his face. However, he needs to learn to take his game down low to get things started and to get easy points. When kobe goes cold what do you see him do? Get down low in the post and make some shots, or start attacking the rim. Problem with Melo is when he does this he most likely just went 2-11 from the field. He takes to long to get down low and when he does his trips are too few and far between. Melo would be a much better player if he was more aggressive from the start and went down low more often. He might not be as good as a finisher as Lebron, but when he attacks the basket, throws in some post plays, and on top of that with his outside shooting his offensive game is far beyond that of the greatest player in the game.