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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 12:29 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

lol @tommydee Great minds think alike. And poor minds think like this Wall guy



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:28 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

AHHH! More with this Lin/Williams backcourt combo. Brain. Hurting. Arg. This isn't college basketball dude. Go find me another NBA team with two distributing guards in the backcourt. Only thing I can think of the top of my head that would come close is Ellis/Curry but Ellis is much more of a scorer as well. I guarantee you won't find even one person on this site who would even dream of the concept of Lin/Williams. Stop embarrassing yourself.



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:28 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Yes thats what point guards do. They play 40 minutes a game, when the game is on the line. If there is a big lead or deficit then maybe they play a little less. Lin and D-Will on same team? How can you think having two point guards on the court at the same time is a good thing? Name one team that starts two true point guards at same time? I will tell you the answer... NONE. But i guess you know more than the 30 GM's out there in the NBA.



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:22 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Jeez...it's like arguing with a 6 year old. Watch Melo's assist totals from here on out(assuming Lin stays the point guard). And yes, it is a big jump considering he averaged that for 7 years in the league and then all of a sudden jumps up...hmmmm. Watch a big game or a key situation and who do you see bringing the ball down the court? Melo. You bet your a** that wasn't the case when the Nugs had Billups running point. And it won't be if Lin's at the point either. Melo is one of the games best scorers (and you hear people reffering to him as one of the best PURE scorers, i.e. not a jack of all trades). It constantly baffles me that people hate on him for not being able to do EVERYTHING. He and Kobe get compared to Lebron (or I'd even throw Wade in as a do it all) when they're not at all the same type of players. They're scorers. Period. All this media driven BS throws everything out of whack. The ones who are "on to the clown" are the ones that buy into the media crap and don't know a damn thing about basketball. All these articles about "can the ballhog fit in"...ridiculous. If DWill or CP3 was running point w/ Amare and Melo there would be no questions about fitting in, I guarantee that. Media media media.



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:20 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

AtTheWall, before you said melo took 3 times as many shots as anyone else on the team. Now you say twice? Why did you change your mind? Because I proved your points to be false. He doesnt take 25-30 shots a game. Like i said he has only taken over 25 shots in 6 games this year. As to your point of I dont watch knicks game, I actually have watched almost every knick game this year and also attended a few. Carmelo had had to do it all this year as STAT has not played well and there has been no true point guard to run the offense. Douglas cant run an offense he is more suited for a defensive role. Shump is more of a shooting guard and scorer than a true point also. Carmelo is having a a career low shooting percentage because he has to carry the offense and do things hes not comfortable with. Having Lin on the court with him will take pressure off of him and give him better looks. STAT will also benefit in the pick and roll.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:10 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Yes, Lin and Williams. What you think Lin is gonna be able to keep playing 40 minutes a game every night? And then Bibby is gonna take over and do such a great job the rest? Pleaase They aren't even playing DOuglas anymore either.... Trade Douglas, drop Bibby... and you have a solid duo of guards... and no more selfish Melo hanging around disrupting the flow.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:05 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

2.5 to 4 is really huge jump. k genius.  Here's the difference, Denver allowed Melo to be a total ballhog all he wanted, therefor he isn't gonna have a high assist total there.  In Denver his teammates were forced to cater to him. In NY, with Stat and Chandler wanting the ball underneath and the coach telling Melo to give it to them more often, of course its not that hard for him to end up with 1.5 extra assits per game. YAY, 1.5 extra... makes all the difference in the world, huge jump in his assits total right?

Wow are you clueless dude.  But I know what you are, just another Melo-head looking to coverup your boy's flaws as much as possible. Good luck with that going forward seeing that just about everyone is already on to the clown. Tune into the FAN or the sporting news from time to time, you'll catch up too if your ever able to pull your face outta Melo-s butt. 



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:01 am
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Lin and Williams!! Oh my lord...I think I actually just became stupider after reading that post. My brain is about to implode



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:58 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Thank you for proving my point and for proving your basketball knowledge is pretty limited, no offense. You're absolutely right he's not naturally a passer. And you're right that this is exactly why the chemistry is off. Going from averaging less than 2.5 assists as a Nug to 4 as a Knick is a big jump for his position. He's not Lebron. He can't do everything. But he does know how to score from anwhere on the court and a true point guard will get him the ball in the right places at the right times. And good players aren't necessarily good passers bud...good point guards are. I'm excusing your blather because of your ignorance. Go Knicks 



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:46 pm
 

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

His assists have skyrocketed? Bit of an exaggeation on your part I'd say.  He averages what? 4 a game, even less lately. Big whoop. And the guy is not a good passer at all, most of his passes are soft tosses, and spell out "I'm only doing this cuz the coach asked me to"

He isn't naturally being a passer, just going on orders, wheras good players don't need to constantly be reminded to be unselfish and pass, they just do it well without een thinking about it. Melo only started to pass recently after the coach got on him for it.  And watch the guy when he passes, he looks like he has to think about it first, like he isn't sure of himself, it isn't something he genuinely wants to do in games.


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