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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 1:41 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Oh and I don't know if you noticed, but Fields has been killing Melo in performance lately. In fact, Fields was a top rated rookie last year playing extremenly well until Melo arrived.  Its been talked about several times. Fields is a team player, Melo disrupted that.  And believe me, I am not a Spike Lee Fields fan, I could care less about Fields, I'm just saying he's a better team player than Melo, and he actually contributes more than Melo all around when you add in how much Melo messes up, ballhogs, misses, and ghosts on D.

But now all the sudden these past few games since Melo left Fields is on top of his game again... whatta ya know. 



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:35 am
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Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:33 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

amare is a great pick and roll player. he was great for years with nash. I am looking forward to seeing him get some chemistry with Lin. If they do i think you will see melo playing better also.



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:32 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

trust me when i tell you that we dont want to trade melo for d will. You might have had an argument before we found Lin. Lin wont have to play 40 minutes a game either when STAT and melo come back. He can go down to 30-35 minutes a game and occassionaly 40 minutes. Shump can play pg for a few minutes and even melo if needed to give Lin a breather. I know you dont like melo but you cant say they are better without him. Give him a few games with Lin before you start saying you would start fields over  him lol



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:29 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Yes I'm buying into it, Chandler has shown he can be that type of player and be good at it. We already have Amare as well and you can't argue about him being good off the pick and roll.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:28 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Yes I would rather play a team player like Fields over Melo slowing the ball down and constantly missing. At least Fields plays D and rebounds too.

I do hear you Tommy about Lin, I just don't think Lin by himself is gonna make it 40 mins a game every night, and the best trade partner for Melo right now (probably the only team dumb enough to trade for him this year) is the Nets.  The Knicks have long been interested in Deron Williams. Why hang onto a worthless player in Melo when we can get a great player back, even if we already have a decent guard the point is we're trading a team killer for a great player.



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:25 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

So in a five game span your saying Chandler is a proven great pick and roll player??? Please dont quit your day job. Unless of course it is related to sports. If it is you should step down immediately.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:23 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

have you even watched Chandler on the pick and roll with Lin?



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:23 am
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Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:22 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

If your not starting them both then why trade melo for a guy off the bench. The knicks finally got a pg in Lin and u want to either put him on the bench and trade for d will or have Dwill come off bench


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