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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: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:41 am

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

this team can beat anyone in the league 

Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:34 am

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

What an idoit!  Put your money where ur mouth is.  No wonder why u and Lebum are good friends, both of u guys are BS artists!

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:54 am

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

I was drinking Melo's Kool-Aid until he went on about Lin taking pressure off him and got to the Defense and Rebounding. You still have to play defense and rebound at the same level. Those are two things no one on that floor can relax in.... C'Mon Man!!!!

Since: Dec 17, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:39 am

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

It is all about winning. Melo wont cause problems and will fit in fine if the team is winning. Actually he will probably play better and be more motivated. I would be excited if I were a knicks fan. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:36 am

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Melo will come thru!

Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:24 am

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Typical Wall Melo hatred nonsense I see. Your disdain for him makes you say some of the stupidest things. The only thing the Knicks had pre Melo trade was depth. They were like what a whole 2 games over .500? They would have fizzled out in the playoffs in the first round because no one on the roster would be able to get a clutch basket in crunch time when the game slows down and transition points come to a halt. The Knicks had a great idea in getting one of the game's elite closers in his prime but Dolan had to stick his nose in negotiations and desperately gutted the team. This left them with no depth and a lot of useless pieces. Let's see what happens when Melo actually plays with a pass first pg. And please don't tell me Chauncy was. He is a shoot first pg that's why he was having so much success with the Clips. I think Melo is smart enough to know that if it doesn't work in NY his career will be following a "Stephon Marbury" type path.

Since: Feb 25, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:20 am

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

I'm with you JJ.... Can't wait for tonight...!!   I'm anticipating Amare to drop at least 30 with Lin... Amare will be rejuvenated with the Asian Linsation...!!

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:11 am

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

I hope Melo actually means this, but I'm skeptical. I'd be nice to see the Knicks rise above train wreck status every once and a while, and at this point, Melo would be the only guy holding them back. Knicks fans, just hope that the losing record and negative attention bothers him more than the lack of stats.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:09 am

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

I can't wait for tonights game

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:38 am

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

D'Antoni wasn't born yesterday! He'll rotate the players in and out based on the apponent's defense and the game at hand's situation. If Lin continues to penetrate and dish, I'd imagine Carmelo will be the recipient of some mid-range jumpers, follow-up dunks and layups. The Knicks can screen out defenders to allow everybody to get their share of pick n rolls, also crash the boards for offensive rebounds and second shots. The emergence of Lin gives the Knicks a sense of team play and confidence they're a team with direction, drive, organization and leadership. The revitalized Knicks should feel loose, run the ball, play an attacking open court game and have alot of fun while playing it the remainder of the season, also throughout the playoffs! Lets go Knicks!!!!!!!!!!!!

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