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Carmelo Anthony not fitting in with Knicks?

Posted on: March 20, 2011 4:21 pm
Is New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony having trouble fitting in with his new teammates? Posted by Ben Golliver. carmelo-anthony-nyk

This is what they mean when they talk about the media glare in New York. Carmelo Anthony has been a member of the New York Knicks for less than a month, but already there are questions about how well he's fitting in with his teammates and organization on and off the court. 

As we noted Saturday, Anthony played horribly on Friday night and then skipped out on reporters after the game, drawing some criticism in the process. His absence wasns't only confined to the post-game locker room, however. Multiple outlets, including the New York Post, noted that Anthony was withdrawn during Friday night's loss as well, standing off to the side during a timeout.

The Post writes that Anthony's behavior on Friday is indicative of a larger issue: he isn't doing enough to fit in.
Nevertheless Anthony's pouty behavior in Friday night's 99-95 loss to the Pistons, his bad oncourt body language, his failure to join a timeout huddle when not in the game has raised red flags about his readiness to handle the pressure for being a basketball star in New York. The honeymoon is officially over.
The feeling from the coaching staff, Stoudemire and other players is Anthony needs to change and adapt to the team and personnel around him rather than the opposite. Anthony must start ingratiating himself more to his new teammates who love D'Antoni's up-tempo style.
Certainly these feelings are not coming from nowhere. Throwing his coach's defense under the bus recently was a particularly bad look. That's going to rub a lot of people -- potentially D'Antoni himself -- the wrong way.

On Sunday, Anthony tried to extend an olive branch, praising D'Antoni's offense and asking for some time to make things work in comments posted on
 "[Coach] D'Antoni got a hell of an offense, I can tell you that. Everybody knows that around this league, everybody on the team knows that.
"It's a matter of me picking my spots in the offense and figuring them out in a timely fashion. What I told the guys is 'Let's be patient, man. This is not going to get together, this is not going to be 100 percent in two-and-a-half weeks. It'll just take some time.'"
D'Antoni, who recently suggested Knicks fans take some Prozac, continued to preach that same message of patience.
"I think everybody wants an ideal situation where it's all campfires and singing and all that, but it's just not going to be that way," D'Antoni said. "We have a lot of high stakes right now, and as you see there's people that want to getcha. Again, it's nothing bad, that's just the way it is.
While both Anthony and D'Antoni are playing this one by the book, it's clear from their comments that they both believe that there is still work that needs to be done to make this transition a successful one. Anthony is no coach-killer, not by a long shot, but he's been good enough for long enough to feel that his way is the right way. Same thing with D'Antoni. As the new guy, the onus is on Anthony to bend over backwards to make things work, but it's not clear whether that type of concession is in his DNA.

Something -- or someone -- is going to have to give here if the results are going to be better than they have been over the last month. But it's not clear who, if anyone, has the cachet to step in to forge a compromise and make the transition complete.
Category: NBA

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2011 11:55 pm

Carmelo Anthony not fitting in with Knicks?

That's what I find so unbelievable about the whole thing.  These fake Melo worshipping fans are attempting to blame the coach and everyone else for Melo not playing well.  Melo never played D or passed the ball in Denver for George Karl either...he was just lucky enough to have teammates there that tolerated his babyness and did the rest of the work for him, while he just served as a ballhog scorer who took most of the shots.  The old Melo-Denver team was only mildly successful with him, and they even admit they hated having to cater to him.  The new Denver team is much happier and more successful as a team, and funner to watch without Melo.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2011 6:08 pm

Carmelo Anthony not fitting in with Knicks?

Carmelo was terrific when visiting NY--check his stats.  But like me--visiting NY and living there are two very different things.  Wait till he gets his tax bill.  I digress.  "Stars" like Melo bask in attention when they can control it (six months of Melo-drama). However, attention that is not all positive is a totally different situation and can be debilatating to ones ego.  Obviously, he is not as good as either James or Wade.  Moreover, the supporting cast was decimated due to the trade.  Maybe sometime in the future, this will work out but I would not hold my breath.  Mile high was too easy on him and the hot lights will expose his true capabilities and foibles.  Finally, don't blame the coach.  He is the same as he was in Phoenix.

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:00 pm

Carmelo Anthony not fitting in with Knicks?

Welcome to New York more soft media hero worship in new York your held accountable for everything.

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:02 pm

Carmelo Anthony not fitting in with Knicks?

I'm still not sure why Carmelo Anthony feels he's a superstar in the NBA. I say this because he truly hasn't done anything to prove he can carry a team. Sure he 'led' the Denver Nuggets to the Western Conference Finals...once, but he also "led" the Denver Nuggets to multiple first round playoff losses. The New York Knicks were depsperate to be considered relevant again, but in the process they took an overrated Carmelo Anthony and tried to play him off as the savior of the Knicks. Unfortunately for the Knicks, and their fans, he's not that guy.

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:45 am

Carmelo Anthony not fitting in with Knicks?

I wouldnt be so quick to call Allen Iverson a terrible defender.  He wasnt a great on the ball defender but he did lead the league in the steals a couple of years in Philly and ranks as one of the all time best in the career steals at 13th most ever.  Yeah, steals alone dont make someone a great defender because Iverson gambled too much in the passing lanes by laying off his man.  But I would say he was at least an average defender, even above average when he was in Philly with Larry Brown. 

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:45 am

Carmelo Anthony not fitting in with Knicks?

Another thing about Carmelo.  He was playing in a small market, (atleast that was his beef) and he wasn't under the scope like he's going to be in NY.  Melo has so many shortcomings and holes in his game that it's going to be headline news.  The way he will handle it is like a child, pouting on the bench.  Just like the recent photo.  See Melo "thought" this was going to be "his" team, guess what, it's not.  Again, he is a egostar that may never find the glory at the end of the rainbow.  Sad.  Hope I'm wrong, but us Nugg fans have watched it for many years.  He might say the right things in interviews, but his play suffers.  

Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:08 am

Carmelo Anthony not fitting in with Knicks?

Carmelo who?

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:39 am

Carmelo Anthony not fitting in with Knicks?

There are exceptions however, like Melo and Amare,  who might be the worst defensive pair of so called "stars" in the history of the NBA.

You don't seem to remember the Melo AI Pairing... That was the worst

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 12:19 am

Carmelo Anthony not fitting in with Knicks?

Is it too soon to start thinking that Melo may be a cancer?

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: March 22, 2011 12:07 am

Carmelo Anthony not fitting in with Knicks?

Most superstars dont play defense?  I would say most star players that win play excellence defense.  Look at these players that have been All-NBA Defensive team: Kobe, Lebron, DWade, KG, Rondo, Duncan, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Shaq, Jason Kidd, Billups and you can even go back to guys like MJ and Pippen, Gary Payton, Stockton and Malone, Hakeem, and David Robinson.  There are exceptions however, like Melo and Amare,  who might be the worst defensive pair of so called "stars" in the history of the NBA.   

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