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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.
Comments

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:41 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

The "garbage" you've been seeing so far this season as you put it, has been mostly Melo destroying the tempo and chemistry of the team whether you want to admit it or not.  As far as what you said about Stat rebounding, he's just an average rebounder I guess, but unlike Melo I've at least seen Stat fight for some rebounds underneath.  Stat is an offensive player too, but the diference is that Stat is a TEAM offensive player whereas Melo is an iso player.  You can attempt to stick up for Melo al you want but I'll say the same thing I told everyone last year right after the trade, he's basically the 2nd coming of Bobby Bonilla to the Big Apple.  And we should be trading him now while a few dumb teams still think he's valuable, JayZ will hand us Deron Williams(and more) for Melo and that would be a great gain for the Knicks instead of hanging onto a garbage self-centered player in Melo who will only hurt the team more going forward. Imagine a guard duo of Lin and Williams... strong backcourt.



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:38 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

His assists have skyrocketed since becoming a Knick. That's what happens when you have point guards who stand around at the top of the key waiting for someone to do something. Nobody was initiating so he had to do it...and he did a good job considering that's not his forte. He's not saying he's gonna be lazy and forget the D and forget boarding and just be a ball hog...he's saying he doesn't have to worry about getting everybody involved. He doesn't have to worry about playing as a point forward and being in the paint snagging boards. He can move to his true position and put up points. It's not about him being selfish it's about him (and everybody on the team) playing to strengths. THAT is true team basketball. You might learn something about it this year.



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:30 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

lol you're gonna hate on Melo for rebounding avg numbers for a SF while you got STAT living in the post throughout his career and posting ridiculously sub-par boarding numbers for his position. The offense will run just fine mark my words. Lin will have to adjust and Dantoni probably won't run as many pick n rolls as he did in PHX but there are just soooo many options now that it would require a major meltdown for this not to work. I'm not really even sure what you mean by him being "lazy"... even if he does nothing but shoot when the ball comes his way he's gonna get way more good looks than he is now. Translation: More Offensive Production!! from a team that was struggling to hit 100 before Lin came around. Let Tyson and Amare defend the paint and Lin be pesky on the guards with Melo contributing what he can...I'll still take that team over the garbage we've been watching so far this season.



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:21 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Uh...trade him



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:04 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Basically he only gets soft rebounds with no one else around him but his own teammates.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:03 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Yeah I've seen the guy rebounding. He often plays no D and hovers around the rim while the opponent shoots, and then snatches up a soft rebound usually while the opposing team is already heading back to defend. But when it comes time to actually fight for a rebound Melo is never involved and you know it.



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:55 pm
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Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:46 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

common now, who doesn't want a ring? Everyone in the NBA does, selfish or not. Yes even Melo wants one of course, but that doesn't mean he wants to do anything else other than shoot the ball though. Like I said, he wants the other guys to do the grunt work(defense, rebounding, passing) while he gets the simple assignement to jack up a ridiculous amount of shots, the fun stuff for him.  It's the same thing as in Denver when his teammates there were doing all the grunt work and catering to him. 



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:43 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Yes Melo's been an iso player his whole career...no doubt. But there's also no doubt that this man wants RINGS...if he's perceived as having such a big ego, what more could he want than to have championships to make him look more "legit" in the grand scheme of basketball history. Let's not forget that he was encouraging CP3 to come to the Apple. You think he didn't understand that having Paul would mean less shots for him and more pick and rolls w/ Amare? Please... Now Lin is not Chris Paul by any stretch of the imagination, but the concept is the same. I think this offense will end up running pretty damn well come playoff time...Melo's D on the other hand...



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:33 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Melo's comment -- "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."

So what's he saying? That he wants to be even lazier?  Tha'ts basically it if you think about his statement. This guy just wants someone to pass him the ball so he can shoot, the same thing he's wanted all along.  Melo won't play D, he never did because he's too lazy, now he's basically admitting he won't even try or has no desire to. Read his comments in the article yourselves, he only wants to take care of himself as a scorer and the other stuff is grunt work that he's "too good for"


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