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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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Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:07 am
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Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:06 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

You obviously didnt watch the knicks in that playoff series against the C's. You must have become a knicks fan this year. The first two games were decided by 2 and 3 points. So how were the knicks never in it? Melo had a game with 42 points and 17 boards and another with 32 and 9. Yeah he really sucked. Also we dont need him to change and erase his flaws as you put it. I dont know how you can erase flaws anyways. It will be a natural change when he gets to play with Lin as Lin is a true point guard. When billups was healthy last year you saw flashes of it. Too bad he was hurt and couldnt play in the playoffs against the C's. Oh yeah and STAT who hurt his back and could barely move or jump. But yeah the celtics really ran circles around us. LOL wow




Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:05 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Nuggets just got a rough matchup in the first round last year, if they got any other team other than the Thunder or Mavs I bet they would have won. Thunder were really more like a 2 or 3 seed last year. 

Now they're a 1 seed with the same team as last year just to show you that the talent was there then too. 



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:02 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

lol 



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:01 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

You mean split time with them like what Denver did with Lawson and Felton last year...hmmm great idea.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:01 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

And there's nothing wrong with putting 2 PGs on the floor at the same time for a certain amount of minutes.  Clippers did it successfully with Paul and Billups.  Nuggets did it successfully with Felton and Lawson.  

But you're reading(assuming) me wrong if you think I'm taling about sticking them on the floor together the whole game. 



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:58 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

I wouldn't put them on the floor at the same time for that many minutes. I would split time with them.  Get rid of Douglas and Bibby.

Williams would help this team a lot more than Melo.



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:57 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

And name me a team that's made the finals w/out at least one superstar? You'd have to go back to the Pistons in 03 and 04 and even those teams you could make arguments for the stardom of some of their guys. If you're an NBA GM you do the Melo trade 10 times out of 10. Denver's scrappy young talent make them a nice regular season team and a tough out in the playoffs...but an out nonetheless. 



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:57 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

I coach high school basketball and while its a far cry from the NBA there are similar coaching philosophies. I have two decent point guards and the only time they are on the court at the same time is when the other team is using a press wether its full court or half court. Presses arent used very often in the NBA as they are not nearly as effective at that level of play. It is only utilized at the end of a game when a steal is needed. It is used alot more in high school and college.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:55 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Melo sucked during that playoff sweep. Big deal if he scored some on iso, the Knicks were never in it. Boston ran circles on Melo and the Knicks last postseason.

Guys, good luck with your boy, I'm just telling you that you continuing to be hopeful about him turning it around and erasing his flaws is solving nothing.  The guy is what he is, incredibly overrated and just not that good. And worst of all, he just isn't a team orientated player. It's funny how you guys will overcheer him for the smallest things he does right, but are anxiously waiting to lie and find countless excuses for him for all the times he messes up. Let's wait and see what happens when he gets back though, what excuses will you come up with then? lol

ESPN reports the most popular tweet to them was from KNICKS FANS asking "does Melo know how much Knicks fans are fearing losing when he gets back?"  

The sporting news/radio has been focused on the topic of Melo's selfishness all week. None of them put up much of an argument on the claim that he is.


What does all this stuff tell you? 


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