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Report: Disarray and distrust in Knicks land

Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:12 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 10:48 am
Carmelo Anthony says he'll have a talk with Amar'e Stoudemire to iron out their issues Monday. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore

Things are not well at the most famous arena. According to a report, anyway. The New York Post Monday stirred the pot of seemingly poisoned stew with the Knicks with a report that says there may be dissension and "finger-pointing" between the team's two stars and quotes from Carmelo Anthony that indicate a work-it-out session may be in order.  
“We as a team need to do a better job getting Amar’e the ball,’’ Anthony admitted. “I have the ball in my hands. Maybe it’s on me. Maybe I have to give him the ball a little more, help him out with that. We’ll talk probably [today] and try to figure it out together. If I’m doing too much, I want him to tell me. I want the guys on the team to tell me if I’m doing too much.’’


According to a source familiar with the situation, Anthony has been too obsessed with his points and Stoudemire is too concerned with Anthony taking over the team. There’s also too much finger-pointing, according to the source.
via Carmelo Anthony of Knicks hopes talk with Amar’e Stoudemire can end slump -

Whoa, boy.

Anthony's comments seem to indicate a step in the right direction, but here's the problem. If you're going to have a talk with a teammate, you just talk to him. You don't announce to the media you're going to talk about it. It comes off as much more like an effort to publicly jab Stoudemire and say "If you have a problem, say something to me, already." You don't announce you're going to work things out. You either tell the media everything is fine or that you have already talked to him about it. The two men have cell phones, they share a locker room, they see one another every day. This isn't rocket science.

The report about finger-pointing is more worrisome. It's highly unlikely that Anthony is obsessed with his points, since he understands how this game works and that his star placement wouldn't fade any with fewer shots. But there definitely does seem to be a trend towards both players wrestling for control as the alpha dog. Stoudemire's been willing to let Anthony ball handle and in most contests the trend is consistent. Stoudemire begins the game by being active and trying to create space off the attention drawn by Anthony, and as Anthony continually shoots and doesn't create shots for him, Stoudemire defers more and more. It's not pouting as it is so much "well, I'm not going to go running in circles for my health." (Not on that knee, he's not.)

In reality, the problem doesn't lie with either superstar. It lies with management's decision to trade half their team including starting point guard Raymond Felton for Anthony. The system under D'Antoni cannot function without a capable point guard. The teams need cohesion, from Stoudemire on down. A point guard won't solve everything, but it would help. 

But there's good news on that front, as Baron Davis is expected to practice for the first time Monday and potentially play on Saturday. Knicks fans are perhaps placing too many expecatations on a point guard who has missed a lot of time with injury and hasn't impressed when he has played over the past few years. The numbers are right there in terms of assist rate, but Davis can't solve everything on his own. 

The situation in New York isn't one part being broken.

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:45 am

Report: Disarray and distrust in Knicks land

If he makes a committment , yeah.They have the pieces for a good defensive team.

Since: Jan 23, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:08 pm

Report: Disarray and distrust in Knicks land

melo , nor Amare , nor howard, nor labron. can take a team and win the finals by themself..  If Melo thinks he can then he is fooling himself.  The teammates that he belittle and frownes at are the one that will help him get the ring.  That is on any team he goes to.  If you can not make them play with you.  Than DO enjoy being called a great shooter.   When you retire we will forget.   Amare, continute to get those plyers on the team to improve the mind set of team.  That includes Melo.  So both of you don't retire with nothing!!!

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:38 pm

Just something to write about.......

This article is ridiculous. The only thing that is fact is Melo is trying to win at all cost and taking accountabilty for it. He is saying it might be him and that maybe he needs to defer to Stat at times. He is shooting so much because there is nobody out there to create shots for other players, or themselves. The only problem here is they need a point guard. So Melo has had some poor shooting nights to start the year...big deal. Maybe his legs aren't under him yet. My point is that as of right now he is the only one capable of creating his own shot ands the guy is a winner and wants to win...period. He would be more than happy going 9-16 from the field with a couple three's and some trips to the line for 25 or so points and the Knicks winning.

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:59 pm

Report: Disarray and distrust in Knicks land

I feel bad too be honest for the NBA fan in general. People are done with hearing about these drama stories from NBA players. It's a vicious cycle where people turn away from the NBA and then they hear this headline and move even more disenchanted. It's almost to the point where it's en vogue to diss the NBA. Kind of sad really. Maybe not in NY or LA but the NBA is not alive in MANY of these other cities. People just don't care anymore.

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:48 pm

Report: Disarray and distrust in Knicks land

Ok I lived in Minneapolis during the Garnett Marbury debacle.  Am I the only one that sees "starbury" in Melo?  The guy won a college championship cause his coach rode him till the end.  Melo never learned to be a team player he was always "The Man" on his team.  Now he's still got great talent but he doesn't understand that he's not always the best player on the court anymore.  He just tries to win the game on his own and has no concept of needing to get the rest of the team involved to win.  Until he learns to play with is team mates he will always be a "starbury" in my book.  Great talent with no concept of how to be a truly great "player".

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:44 pm

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It was run and gun and no defense. Can't do that in the east. Until they commit to defense, they will always lose games.

LoL!  And you think Melo is going to play defense? 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:11 pm

Report: Disarray and distrust in Knicks land

<blockquote class="QuoteMessage">Carmelo Anthony of Knicks hopes talk with Amar’e Stoudemire can end slump </blockquote>

Yeah.  That's all they need.  I guess for a whole year now, they just forgot to talk.  It was nice to see Denver come into the Garden & beat the Knicks.  Gallo is getting better and better.  Mosgov shows great potential.  A great trade for the Nuggets.  One of the best trades in Nuggets history.

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:06 pm

Report: Disarray and distrust in Knicks land

This is the difference between being just a playoff team and being a champion !

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:48 pm

Report: Disarray and distrust in Knicks land

I think this is why most Denverites (myself included) were happy to be rid of Carmelo. We actually got a decent return on him, too, so now he's the Knicks' problem and not ours =) Enjoy, NY, enjoy...

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 3:46 pm

Report: Disarray and distrust in Knicks land

Not all one players fault as you do need a team to compete, but watching Melo...he really does seem like the type of guy that would rather lose than watch someone else's star shine brighter...even for a a small amount of time.

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