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Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:49 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 6:38 am
Carmelo Anthony says he'll fit in fine with Jeremy Lin. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

While Amar'e Stoudemire returned to practice following the death of his brother and is expected to play Tuesday when Linsanity and the Knicks face the Raptors, Carmelo Anthony told reporters Monday that he thinks talk of how he will fit in with Jeremy Lin is "funny." As to who's going to be in charge when Melo retakes the floor following an injury absence, Anthony couldn't have been clearer. It's the Lin Show until further notice. From ESPN NY:
"When I'm reading the stuff, it's more funny than anything because at the end of the day I know what I bring to the game, I know what I bring to this team," Anthony said on Monday after missing practice due to a strained right groin. "My teammates know that. But to say, 'How can I fit in?' It's easy; give him the ball and space out. I get back to doing what I know how to do best. So we'll see."

Anthony said he is confident that he can fit in well with Lin, who missed practice on Monday for a standard recovery day and will play on Tuesday against the Toronto Raptors. Anthony has missed the Knicks' last three games after injuring his groin on Monday against Utah. He is happy that Lin has emerged to take some of the load off of his shoulders.

"I know there's questions about, 'Can I fit in?' and stuff like that, but this is like a dream come true to me," Anthony said. "It takes some pressure off of me. I don't have to play point guard. I don't have to try to get Amare 20 points, try to get this guy 20 points, me try to go out there and get 25-30 points a night, play defense, rebound do the whole thing."
via New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony could return this week, likes Jeremy Lin - ESPN New York.

This is exactly what you want to hear from Anthony if you're a Knicks fan. There's no question Stoudemire can co-exist, even flourish with Lin doing what he's done in the superstar duo's absence. Stoudemire's best value comes from working out of the pick and roll, either exploding to the rim or catching and shooting in the space provided. Lin's work with Tyson Chandler and Jared Jeffries has demonstrated a command over the set and he should fit in perfectly fine with Stoudemire.

Anthony, who has primarily been an isolation scorer throughout his career and particulary in his firs year with the Knicks, is a bit trickier. But Anthony is certainly saying the right things about how to keep the critics at bay. He wants his own looks, to be sure, but he's also happy to have a guard to create. Anthony had been asked to essentially run point forward at the start of this season with Toney Douglas' struggles and Iman Shumpert's inexperience, and the results were not good. This is a tremendous opportunity for him to have shots created for him, to be allowed to work in space, and to have his incredible talent produce on easy looks versus exceptionally difficult ones.

The only question is if Anthony will be good to his word and take it.

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:33 pm

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Melo just isn't a team player, its an important mindset to have for winning basketball. And not only does he not play D, he isn't quick or athletic enough to play transition on offense which is a huge problem. What you're saying is that his iso is fine for the final 8-10 seconds of a play? Common, that's where the ball stops moving and gives the opposition all that time to react and defend. And basically your plan of letting him iso for 8-10 seconds is what the Knicks were letting him do, how'd that work out? The guy misses shots like crazy too which is basically like turning the ball over a lot. Melo just isn't a fit for the Knicks, wish him the best of luck in these upcoming tests though.

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:10 pm

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

So what does other players being better than Carmelo Anthony have to do with Anthony playing with Lin - which is the storyline, no?  Wouldn't that further back up the notion that Anthony will thrive with a p-guard who can get him looks?  Nothing wrong with isolation the last 8-10 seconds of a possession - nothing at all.  A good point guard will now have another weapon to finish at the 22nd second.  
Some of you don't like Melo?  So what.  He's not my cup of tea, either.  But the fact is he can cause some serious match up problems, and can be lazy on defense.  Melo's playing in NY, where you need to check your ego at the door ... just ask Bobby Bonilla what happened to that smile he had.
The Knicks have already benefitted from the motion Lin creates - many of their bench  players feed off it.  Chandler is eating it up, Stoudamire will feed off it.  Melo will have no choice.  Lin is executing his coach's game plan and has the full support of his teammates.  Believe me, Lin will dictate tempo, control ball distribution, breakdown defenses and find his shooters.  The big boys will follow ...  don't forget, the Knicks back court graduated from Stanford and Harvard, and their front court has a total combined 1 year of college between them.  

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:45 pm

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

I suppose a better question would be do you think Baron Davis will be able to even bench-press a basketball before the season is over?

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:45 pm

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

I'm sorry but does this article say "Melo says playing with Lin is a dream come true?"  First of all, Melo plays with himself.  That is probably true both on and OFF the court as a matter of fact.  He is Mr. Ball Hog and I would imagine he would have something nice to say about anyone that would give him the rock and make him look better than he really is.  The Knicks may get a playoff birth but why bother?  They would just be a first round practice partner for a real contending team.  NY Knicks as an 8th seed....HA! HA! HA!  You can still suck and be an 8th seed in the playoffs.

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:31 pm

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

shammrock, you think the Knicks are gonna start the game with both Lin and Davis?  

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:18 pm

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

i agree with some of the names above. but some are also ridiculous. this is coming from a celtic fan, so im not sweatin it.  we both are steeler and yanks fans,,so i do respect your opinion!!lol

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:12 pm

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

IM VERY INTERESTED,,TO SEE WHAT BARON DAVIS is going to be like. im not against starting 2 point gaurds,,,that can both shoot and drive.I like fields alot,,but i see him  coming off the bench,,at least right now,,,thats granted, davis is 100 percent healthy.To start the game, the starting 5 would be...lin....davis...chandler...melo

...and stat!!that s a pretty nice starting line up!!  haters,please keep hatin!!!the new york knicks WILL turn this around...sooner than later.

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:10 pm

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

90% of the league is better than Melo. The guy is overrated as a scorer when you factor in how many shot attempts he has to take to get his point total each game, and then the fact that Melo is garbage as a team player which is the most important thing.  This explains why even the worst teams in the league have been running circles on and beating up the Knicks since Melo arrived, even they know about team ball.

Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:03 pm

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

iambigman. I agree. Here is a list of guys off the top of my head that are undoubtedly or arguably better than Starmeeelo:

Joe Johnson
Zach Randolph

This is just off the top of my head.

Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:59 pm

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

So basically Starmeeelo can just shoot that ball without worrying about passing it to Amare or anyone else when Lin passes it to him.

BTW...there were a whole lot of "I" moments in his comments.

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