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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: Feb 14, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:02 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Man. The knicks are going to win it all this year



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:48 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

If you guys have ever seen the show "SportsNation" on ESPN, you would know they have a "BS Meter," from 1 (least) to 10 (most).  Honestly, Anthony is way above a 10 on the BS Meter here.  We all know he is just putting on a public appearance. 



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:18 am
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Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 6:21 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

The Knicks won't be going anywhere anyway this season. But they may be fun to watch.



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 3:12 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Well said! 



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:55 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

im going to have to see that to believe it. at least by saying it, maybe it will happen.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:49 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

And as for DWIll, yeah even though the Knicks could have him if they wanted, Dolan probably won't have the guts to pull the trigger this March.  It is still possible that the Nets could trade Deron to the Knicks for Melo after the season ends in a sign and trade though.  So watch how Lin holds up and how Melo continues to fail and then we'll see in the summer about that.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:45 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Baron Davis?? pfhahaa   FAIL.  Wow, all you guys who keep talking about the savior Baron Davis really got me laughing.  The guy is done. At most he'll come back and contribute a small amount of good games(like less than 5, if that) before he gets hurt again.  And then the season will be over... and the savior Baron will still be rubbing his goat on the bench staring at the empty court.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:42 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

By the way... How do you explain that every player on the Knicks has gotten better without Melo on the court? 



Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:41 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Knicks have no interest in D Will....They have there pg...They now have there big 3 with a legit center & some nice young talent....And baron davis is around the corner.....They'd be best served making no moves, maybe add a veteran shooter or rebounder...Assuming Lin develops chemistry with Carmelo & Amare, they can compete with anyone including the Heat....Yes, Lin is a legit star..


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