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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.
Comments

Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:51 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

I'm curious...given your extensive knowledege and me just really wanting to learn more about the game...just what strategy did the Nuggets use with Melo? 



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:51 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Its not a point of worrying about the Lin - Williams ego thing. Its the fact that you dont start two pure point guards at the same time. You need to have a shooting guard on the floor. Someone who can create a shot and also extend the defense and make them guard the 3 point line. Lin and D Will on the court at the same time for 35-40 minutes a game is not a good idea



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:46 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

AtTheWall. There are these things called basketball games. They involve basketball players. They are watched and played by millions of people. Make yourself one of them.



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:46 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

I agree we gave up to much for him, but cant do nothing about that now. Your point of him jacking up 25 shots a game is off base once again. He has only done that 6 times this year. In those six games he did take over 25 shots he hit 13, 16, 9, 11, 10 and 10 shots. Not the 6-8 you claim. Also in those 6 games that he took 25 or more shots he scored 35, 37, 33, 35, 25, and 26 points. Also, if you remember last years playoff series against the celtics he single handedly kept us in every single game. That series could have easily been tied 2-2 after 4 games, instead of us getting swept.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:43 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Oh please, are we talking about the Nuggets success or the Knicks?  The Nuggets used a different strategy with Melo, and the players around him there were unhappily willing to cater the game around him being a ballhog shooter.  It worked to a certain extent.. but not really.  

Now look at the Nuggets since they traded Melo genius, think they're better off???? Most people say HELL YES, and they're right.  The Nuggets are like 34-15 since trading your bozo Melo. The Knicks are still sub .500 since acquiring Melo.



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:41 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Melo has too many accessories.  He looks like a tool. 



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:41 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

I don't like Carmelo much, but he did a good job of handling the criticism.  Just because of how well he handled it, I think I'll step back and take for of a wait and see approach until ripping him again.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:39 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

I would take Williams for Melo and worry about the Lin - Williams egos later.  You have to keep in mind that Lin is a point guard with no perimeter shot(or at least he hasn't proven he can shoot the 3 at a decent % yet, if at all) And, no I don't believe Lin will be able to play 40 mins a game night after night.  I like the guy but I just don't think he'll hold up through that.  I would take Williams in over the worthless Melo and split time between Lin and Williams.  Williams is a far better player than Melo and would be way more valuable to a team like the Knicks than Melo.



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:38 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Yes. Absolutely. A team killer who brought the Nuggets to relevance, playoffs, conference finals... Watch some basketball. Re-evaluate your life. 



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:33 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Dude, the media was doing nothing but kissing this guy's ass up until a week ago. They finally woke up and snapped out of it. Melo cost the Knicks dearly last year all so he could selfishly get paid extra before the lockout and end up in NY early.  We had to give up 80% of our team players... our point guard, our 3 point specialist, our best athlete and jump shooter, 2 1st round picks, 2 second round picks, cash.... all for a selfish scrub who jacks up 25 shots a game and only makes around 6-8 of them if he's lucky. Your boy isn't clutch nor does he play with any sense of urgency to win, only cares about himself and his own numbers, and doesn't play any D. He's just an overrated media glamorized clown. That's finally starting to change, Melo is being exposed for what he is.  Sorry you're having a tough time dealing with the truth of it all. Me? I just want my team to win again, something they've finally started doing for the past few games all the sudden without Melo on the court. GO FIGURE, after an 8 and 15 start with Melo, after about 50 games extending back to last year with Melo.. which saw the Melo-Knicks repeatedly losing to the worst teams in the league.  Face it, your boy is overrated in every way and is a team killer, what more evidence do you need?


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