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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.
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Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:47 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

If you read Melo's comments in the article he's basically saying that he wants to be even lazier and Lin gives him an excuse to do that.

Melo's statement -"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."



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:34 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

leave wade out that shit cause he needs help to win. MJ and kobe are 2 way different players. no one can compare to MJ..  melo really aint that good thats the point he isnt on lebrons level. when i think about the top 5 best players melo aint even a thought.. i think he aint even top 10.. he is a good player lazy and cocky at times but i woud want him on my team..



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:31 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

I'm not sure why most of the critics seems to put most of the blame on Melo's shoulder for the Knick's poor play so far this season. Blame it on the entire team, coaches included of course. I am one of those NBA fans that thinks Melo and the Knicks will be just fine, infact, great, with all 3 playing together. Leave Melo alone and just let all these 3 player's actions on the court do the talking.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:10 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

While the whole "It is the Lin show until further notice" comment sounds noble, it is not what the Knicks or Knicks fans really want to hear.  That is the problem with Carmelo to me.  This is HIS team.  He is the superstar that they broke the bank for and paid a king's ransom to acquire.  It is not the Lin show...sorry.  It is the Melo show and everyone knows it.  I am not saying that Melo should be disruptive to the knicks, but HE IS the leader of this team and they will go as far as he carries them.  Not how far Jeremy Lin carries them.  I am a converted Lin believer after he sustained the outstanding play for 5 games.  I like that Carmelo is trying to show he is a team player, but there is a certain degree of of cockiness the great ones have.  It is the way MJ lead the Bulls.  The way Kobe leads the Lakers.  The way Bird, Magic, Isaiah and even new school players like Durant, Rose and Wade lead their teams.  A confidence of knowing that every time he steps on the floor he is not only the best player on his team but in the arena that night.  That is what the Knicks need out of Melo...not him deferring that role to Lin.




Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:57 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

KNicks better do it now then later cause there time is running out there about to be in the same boat they were just in which is stink ville.... Amare and carmelo are the worst pick ups for this team.. Amare been there 1 whole year and he is fading fast. knee's, back. neck.  just a matter of time for he is like oden. Melo is doing something i dont know.. 40% shooting? and he is a star? melo is the kinda player that  when they win wants the credit but when they loose they point the finger. i dont see why he is saying i need to score 25 to 30 points cause he dont even avg 25 points a game in his career.. he aint got it like that.. the point i think melo trien to make is that he has the big money and lin dont so if he dont fit in lin dont start there..  easier to get rid of lin then it is to get rid of melo..



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:45 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

In the guy's defense he was part of a pretty impressive offensive machine in Denver that just missed out on a trip to the NBA Finals while not having a problem getting others involved.  There shouldn't be any worry about Amare considering his game thrives off a point guard that can run the p & r.



Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:37 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Just wait until Melo has to pass the ball to someone, then we'll see.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:32 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Oh I got on here to tear Melo up!   But, what can you say to that?  Kudos Melo... I'm looking forward to watching this team now.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:11 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

With Melo shooting 40% he BETTER get out of the way and let Lin take over. There's a reason why the Knicks are winning NOW in Carmelo's absence.



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:44 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

i call B.S. on Melo. I bet he called Lin and said, "don't shoot. just pass me the ball, son."


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