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Melo if he's selfish: 'Like a slap in the face'

Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:58 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 1:09 pm
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Carmelo has said he'll fit in fine with Jeremy Lin. I guess we'll find out soon. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Jeremy Lin seems to have overcome potentially the first obstacle in toning down Linsanity as he and Amar'e Stoudemire appear to be getting along quite well on the court.

It's the next addition back to the Knicks lineup that people are worried about. But Carmelo Anthony wants you to know something: He's not selfish. Via ESPN New York:
"That's like a slap in the face," Anthony said during an interview with Stephen A. Smith on SportsCenter on Wednesday night. "None of my teammates I've ever played with would say that I was a selfish player. Nobody."

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"It's a tough situation. I'm human at the end of the day, so it's like damn, where is this coming from?" Anthony said. "I know I'm not a selfish player. People around me know I'm not a selfish player. I do everything I can to make people around me understand I'm not a selfish player."

I think there's an easy distinction though between "selfish" and "someone who likes to shoot and have the ball in their hands a lot." Selfish means you're just out there for yourself and your own numbers. I don't think that's ever been Melo. The guy wants to win. He wants to be a good teammate. But in his mind, the best way for him to do both of those things is to shoot and score a lot.

For example, what about Lin's game-winner? What would've happened if Melo were on the floor too?

"Of course I want to take the last shot, let's be quite frank: I've been doing for nine years already, and I've made a ton of them," Anthony said.

And that's where some fear a problem will arise. Not that Lin has become some alpha dog closer because of one shot or a couple good games, but will Carmelo's desire to own the ball late completely disrupt the New York offense? It's a legit question.

Here's the thing: Lin would be the first guy to tell you that he doesn't really want to be averaging 25 points a game, nor should he be next to Melo and Stoudemire. He wants to be a good point guard that leads a winning team. Much in the way he did in New York's 100-85 win over the Kings where Lin dished out 13 assists. In fact, that's exactly what he said after last night's game.

"I think it's my job to get people in rhythm and get people scoring," Lin told reporters. "Hopefully, especially when Melo comes back, another lethal scorer, my shots will go down and my assists will go up."

Melo is a bit of a ball stopper, which is why he's never exactly fit into Mike D'Antoni's pick-and-roll oriented offense. Melo likes to catch the ball and work his own move, isolated from the offense. It's something he's absolutely terrific at, but not something that necessarily fits the players and coach he's playing with. So that's going to be the challenge for him. It's not selfishness. It's fit.

There are going to be some growing pains and some fit issues, but that's natural. I would advise everyone to not freak out if after a couple of games it's not going perfectly, but come on, we know that's not going to happen. It's the vicious cycle of the media hype game. Something gets built way up and then we just wait for it to come crashing back down. Unfortunately for Melo, if that happens, he might be shouldering the blame.
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Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:13 pm
 

Melo if he's selfish: 'Like a slap in the face'

nuggets were garbage before getting melo and then made the playoffs ever year.  nuggest basketball was irrelevant before melo arrived.  what was the best thing that happened to the nuggs before melo arrived?  that's right.  making the playoffs once because of mutombo.  once in how many years?

what if the pistons took melo and the nuggs got that big russian dude from the draft?  that's right, they'd still be irrelevant.

knicks didn't discover Lin until now and didn't have a PG.  So melo was asked to take that load on after knicks dumped big shot.

knicks have been worse with him because there were so many roster changes and too many new things to adjust to in such little time.




Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:02 pm
 

Melo if he's selfish: 'Like a slap in the face'

"Well, he is selfish. He has glue on his hands. Once he gets the ball, nobody else touches it. I hate Carmelo anthony. He is a great shooter, creator, and has great post game. The one thing negative that you can say about him is that he's selfish. At least you see LeBron pass it once in a while. Anthony was selfish to say that he isn't selfish."

Wow you must be one of those MJ haters.  And i'm sure carmelo anthony hates you too.

He's a great shooter, creator and great post game - yeah, he's the go-to guy obviously.  so... obviously he's gonna be labeled selfish.  who else do you want shooting the ball when you're down and can't score? other than stat or possibly lin?

"At least you see LeBron pass it once in a while" - wow awesome.  So if we had LeBron and were in game 7 we would want him to pass to the 2nd best scorer after disappearing in the 4th quarter.  great.  you don't pay someone max $$$ so he can be a passive nonfactor in big moments.  LeBron is probably one of the best players right now but seriously, would you label Lebron selfish if he wanted the ball down the stretch to score the last ball if Dwade and bosh couldn't get it going?  did you know melo is arguably one of the best clutch closers in the NBA?  ask the TNT crew.

Obviously if you're the go-to guy you get the ball in your hands.  down one 5 seconds to go, game 7 - who do you want to shoot the ball? melo? or do you want melo to pass it up to jared jeffries?






Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:54 am
 

Melo if he's selfish: 'Like a slap in the face'

Whether he's selfish or not, the Nuggets have been better without him and the Knicks have been worse with him. That's all one needs to know about his effect on a team. Sure, he may put up a lot of points, but he doesn't do much else considering those points aren't helping his teams win.



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:54 pm
 

Melo if he's selfish: 'Like a slap in the face'

It's obvious that Lin is playing amazing, and the Knicks are winning, although there have been quite a few cupcake teams during this run.  Melo is a veteran high octane scoring machine, and Lin needs to adjust to that, not Melo adjusting to Lin.  It's encouraging to hear Lin say what he has, and I'm sure the NY fans will love him if he starts piling up 15 assists frequently and the team wins.   The biggest insult to Carmelo is the thought that because Lin hit 1 game winner, Melo should take a step back in clutch situations.  Melo is a clutch player and has been from High School to Syracuse to the Pro's.  If the emergence of Lin, along with Amare/Melo/Chandler in the lineup cannot win, you cannot point the finger at Melo, it goes directly to the coach.  Phil Jackson would win a title with this team. 



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:22 pm
 

Melo if he's selfish: 'Like a slap in the face'

Is Melo really anymore "selfish" than Wade, Kobe, Durant, JORDAN?? Every great scorer has been accused of being selfish or a ball hog, it comes with the job, they're gunners.  Look, Melo had no problems paying alongside Billups, IF Lin is really the point guard everyone thinks he is he will be able to get Melo the ball in situations where his shooting won't hurt the team while keeping everyone else involved at the same time. 

Let's be honest, Lin should not be avging 25 pts a game  as he is at best the Knicks 2nd best scorer and more realistically their 3rd best. If he is doing his job, which is being the floor general, Melo's scoring efficiency should go up because he will be getting the ball in better scoring position, as a result Lin's assists should skyrocket.  Like it or not, New York is not going anywhere without Melo, EVERY ELITE TEAM (except my Bulls) has a gunner. 




Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:17 pm
 

Melo if he's selfish: 'Like a slap in the face'

Well, he is selfish. He has glue on his hands. Once he gets the ball, nobody else touches it. I hate Carmelo anthony. He is a great shooter, creator, and has great post game. The one thing negative that you can say about him is that he's selfish. At least you see LeBron pass it once in a while. Anthony was selfish to say that he isn't selfish.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:35 pm
 

Melo if he's selfish: 'Like a slap in the face'

i am not convinced that the return of melo will make the team less dangerous. he admitted that he like to the last shot. i am not necessarily a knick fan, but for the sake of the game and being a team, i hope melo is not a puty face, a liitle cry-baby child.



Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:58 pm
 

Melo if he's selfish: 'Like a slap in the face'

Melo's selfishness wouldnt even be questioned if he tried a little harder on defense.




Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:28 pm
 

Melo if he's selfish: 'Like a slap in the face'

Sorry Melo..You are SELFISH! Play some D and take a charge for a change.


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