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Amar'e would rather have Melo because he's clutch

Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:25 am
By Matt Moore

During the various rounds of media that Amar'e Stoudemire has done this week promoting his new shoe, Stoudemire was asked about who he'd want on his team, Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James. Stoudemire of course replied Melo, because that's his teammate and to say anything else would not only be rude and insulting, but incredibly stupid. But it's not what Stoudemire replied that will raise an eyebrow. It's his reasoning for why. From the New York Post
“Carmelo is a clutch player,’’ Stoudemire said. “Carmelo is definitely known for making those last-second shots. Comes down to the last few minutes of a game, you want to have Carmelo on your team. LeBron is a great facillitator and ultimate team player.’’

James, after his Finals flop, is certainly starting to lose his rep as a clutch late-game shooter. Stoudemire has no love lost for James, as he spurned the Knicks days after Stoudemire agreed to terms. Also, Stoudemire had interest in Miami but Dwyane Wade and James preferred teaming up with Chris Bosh over Stoudemire.
via Amar'e: I'd take Melo over King James.

Let's start with the clutch part. Anthony is by many accounts most clutch player in the NBA. For years, he's been at the top of the field goal percentage and points in the clutch categories. Last year was a minor step back for him, but that was mostly because of what his role became on the Knicks with so few alternatives. But Stoudemire's comments about James ring with a certain amount of truth. He is a great facillitator. But the subtext is that James is more of "the guy behind the guy" rather than "the guy." And the fact that he's tried to be "the guy" is the source of a lot of his problems. You can recognize that James does nearly everything exceptionally well, but that he's not the go-to scoring option, at least he hasn't been yet. Or at least he wasn't in the Finals, since he was in the Eastern Conference Finals. It's complicated. But Stoudemire's defense of Melo is simultaneously a criticism of LeBron, and does show an attitude split between the Knicks and the Heat. The Knicks, for as much of a run-and-gun squad as they are, have a certain edge to them Miami does not. Watching that rivalry will develop will be fascinating consdering the friendship between the main players. 

Back in July of 2010, you know, old school, back when there was an NBA, we wrote up the comparisons between Stoudemire and Chris Bosh and found that the Heat may not have made the best choice.  That certainly played out over the course of the season as Bosh struggled though his playoff performances redeemed him some what. The common thought is that Stoudemire could never have been the defensive player Bosh was for the Heat, but there's no real way to judge that. Stoudemire has never been a part of a defensive system that strong... or strong at all, really. How he does with Mike Woodson will tell us more about that than anything, as well as the same about Melo.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:46 pm

Amar'e would rather have Melo because he's clutch

I like Melo but he is no way better or more of a clutch than Melo.

Sorry, meant Lebron

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:41 pm

Amar'e would rather have Melo because he's clutch

I would rather have Lebron than Melo.

Amare say Lebron is more of a team player? Yes, he is a better passer, rebounder, blocker than Melo.

I like Melo but he is no way better or more of a clutch than Melo.

I guess we'd have to see once this lockout ends how far will Melo take the Knicks and if he'll be able to be that clutcher Amare says

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:17 pm

Amar'e would rather have Melo because he's clutch

Anthony is most clutch player in the NBA????????????????

Seriously???? This statement took away anything reasonable that you might have stated in your article. I doubt there is anyone with any amount of basketball IQ that would say that Melo is better in the clutch than Kobe.

I know this article was not about Kobe, but when you make a statement like that, it detracts from anything else you wrote..

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:39 pm

Amar'e would rather have Melo because he's clutch

No Question??? Besides Kobe, Melo Is The Most Clutch Player InThe NBA.
That Said: As A Die Hard New York Knicks Fan, He Still Has To Improve In Other Facets Of The Game?
He Is The Player The Knicks Fans Covet & Wouldn't Even Fathom Swapping Him For Any Other.
MELO IS A SUPERSTAR... End The Lockout!!!

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 7:58 pm

Amar'e would rather have Melo because he's clutch

scorer must be a Lebron fan check  the films in the playoffs and see who shys away from the shot then rate my post fool

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 7:57 pm

Amar'e would rather have Melo because he's clutch

truth is Melo is more clutch than Lebron cluth is not only hitting the shot it is being willing to take it Lebron may have hit some I will give him that but there have been many times where he would give it up rather than take the shot the guys that are clutch want the ball for the last shot all the time not some times but all the time

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 5:24 pm

Melo clutch?

Lebron has hit so many more meaningful and clutch shots in his career than Melo. Melo has never even been able to lead his team to the NBA finals. Anyone who actually knows basketball and has followed the NBA knows that Lebron has hit as many big shots and come up with as many clutch plays as anyone in the league minus Kobe. Amare's just sticking up for his guy, as there is no way that I think he actually believes what he's said. Think back to those ridiculous performances that Lebron had leading that awful Cavs team to the finals 4 or 5 years back. Think about his clutch performances to just get the Heat to finals this year. What has Melo done?

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:47 pm

Amar'e would rather have Melo because he's clutch

hind sight's always 20/20.  bosh had a monster season in his final year at toronto. equal to amare's numbers in points and 2 more rpg. if he wasn't injured late in the year and then gave up on his team, he could have pushed the team into a playoff spot.  and bosh didn't have a guy named steve nash feeding him the ball.  so on paper, bosh was equal if not a better player than amare was before the decision summer.  not that i'm defending bosh, i think he's a selfish egomaniac, but it's easy to say that miami got the worse player of the two after the fact.

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:44 pm

Amar'e would rather have Melo because he's clutch

yeah, when i found out that it was actually D-Wade & LeBron that preferred Bosh over Amare, i just LAUGHED!!!   how dumb can they be?  Bosh is skinnier and LIGHTER than LBJ (and probably still a little weaker than D-Wade)...   imagine if you're drafting for your Fantasy Football team (assuming it's a regular league where you're allowed only 1QB per week)...   you use your 1st Rd on Aaron Rodgers...   even though Calvin Johnson is available, you notice that Tom Brady is rated higher so you take Brady with your #2.  and instead of taking RB/WR, you take the next highest rated player on the board...   Peyton Manning...
it doesn't matter what the official 'POSITION' is...   the 3 bring such similar traits that even my 12 year old nephew said 'What can Bosh do that LeBron & Wade can't?  Wouldn't they have been better off with a REAL PF/C that's actually BIGGER than LeBron/Wade?'

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:23 pm

Amar'e would rather have Melo because he's clutch

well said

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