Carmelo Anthony

Your Wednesday Melo Articles

Early Wednesday morning provided the Knick blogosphere on twitter with lots of material. Numerous articles from various New York sources surfaced. The common message was simple: Carmelo Anthony is the problem. Today is going to be a day in which the New York sports world roasts Carmelo Anthony, and deservedly so. Here is your guide to all the articles (I will post more as they surface).

Frank Isola, NY Daily News

Berman of the Post

Howard Beck, New York Times

Chris Broussard, ESPN New York

Alan Hahn interview on ESPN 1050 (from Tuesday 3/13)

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Remember When Melo was Hated in Knick Nation?

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I thought about this the other day. It is incredibly ironic that Melo is on the Knicks now. His most infamous episode as a player was when he threw the bitch punch at Mardy Collins at the garden and then ran away. I remember people were calling him Carmela Anthony because of the bitch-ness of his slap/punch.

Melo definitely has turned a corner. He no longer performs these acts of jackassery on and off the court. Obviously it is great to have Melo on the squad cause he’s a top 10 player in the league but it is just so funny to me that he used to be hated by Knick fans.

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Anthony Hyperextends Knee at Practice

It doesn’t sound serious but its a bit scary especially with no viable scoring threat behind him. D Brown is gone and Shawne Williams hasn’t been resigned. Right now if Melo went down for any period of time, Balkman and Walker would probably be the guys backing him up. Thats scary. Really really scary.

This is probably what i’d do to myself if I had to watch Bill Walker play an entire season as the starting small forward

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Hollinger Calls Carmelo Anthony “One of the Game’s Top 25 or so Best Players”…. Seriously?

The New York hype machine overrated Anthony as a conquering superstar; while that’s a step too far, he is one of the game’s 25 or so best players. That’s about as high as we can heap the praise until he either starts trying on defense or becomes more efficient on offense. That said, Anthony is capable of phenomenal scoring binges, leading all small forwards in points per minute and posting a solid true shooting percentage on the way because he draws so many fouls — Anthony earned 0.40 free throw attempts per field-goal attempt and converted 83.8 percent from the stripe.

Last season Anthony had one of his best seasons shooting the ball from outside, making 42.6 percent of his long 2-pointers and 33.3 percent of his 3-pointers; he took the latter shot more frequently and more accurately as a Knick than at any other point in his career, but in a 27-game sample I’m not sure we can read too much into that. However, he converted only 55.6 percent of his tries in the basket area, a place where he normally excels. I’d expect his numbers from both spots to revert to their historical norms.

Anthony’s less-discussed high-value skill is his beastly rebounding for a small forward. He was fifth at the position in rebound rate and is among the league’s best at tapping in his own missed shot; for a Knicks squad with a soft underbelly his board work will be quite helpful.

Alas, he needs to put more effort into stopping the other team. On the ball, he has his moments, and Anthony doesn’t blatantly cherry-pick the way he did a couple years ago, but he’s basically worthless as a help defender and openly loafed in several games — both before and after the trade. He’s had brief spasms of effort over the past couple of years, but the big picture numbers speak volumes. Last season was the fourth consecutive one in which Anthony’s teams defended better once he left the court, while his Synergy numbers went from bad as a Nugget to among the league’s worst as a Knick.

Via Hollinger’s Genius Article

Really John Hollinger? A top 25 player? What Carmelo Anthony are you watching? I do not even say this as a Knick fan I say this as somebody who watches basketball. Do you, John Hollinger, even watch the NBA? I can totally understand why people can say ‘Melo is not a top 5 player, or even top 10 player. Because of his defense. I get that. A top 25 player? Really. So basically Hollinger is saying that guys like Zach Randolph, Josh Smith, Manu Ginobili and Chris Bosh are better than Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo Anthony, bias aside, is the best clutch player in the league today (see Knick games vs Memphis, Indiana, Philadelphia last season). Carmelo Anthony is universally regarded as the most versatile scorer in the league along with Kobe Bryant. Anthony is dominant in the post, in the mid-range game and off the dribble. He shot 42% from 3 last season as a member of the Knicks. Anthony has a career scoring average of 24.8 points per game. At 6’8 and 230 pounds, Anthony creates matchup problems all around the floor. Even Hollinger has to admit that Anthony is one of the game’s top rebounders at the small forward position.

So what justification does Hollinger give for Anthony only being one of the “game’s 25 or so best players”? One measly 4 sentence paragraph about his defense. Interesting. I do not disagree with Hollinger’s analysis of Anthony but I find it fascinating how little evidence he uses to back up his assertion. Isn’t he the king of stats? He can’t come up with some defensive efficiency stats or some stat measuring Melo’s shoe size relative to the guys he is guarding thus making him an inferior defender? C’mon Hollinger?? I know I am just starting on this whole blogging thing but I’d like to challenge Hollinger to write me back. Give me some justification on why ‘Melo is worse than 24 other players. I get his defense is weak, i’ll agree with that, but he is not worse than 24 other players in the NBA.

Now am I a little biased? Yes I am a Knick fan. That being said, I call it like I see it. Do I hate Bill Walker? Absolutely. Talk about a bad defender? He’s awful and he commits more offensive fouls than any players I’ve ever seen. I think Billups is a poor fit for this team unless he takes on a distributing mentality. I think Stoudemire is an abysmal on ball defender. I do not shy away from the facts. ‘Melo is not  a great defender. Fact. Nobody will disagree with that. But do not say, John Hollinger, that there are 24 better players in the NBA than Carmelo Anthony. That is insulting to people reading that you think people will actually believe that. Even if you HATE Carmelo Anthony, even if you think he is a braindead, greedy ball hog, you cannot name 24 better players. I bet John Hollinger will pass over this or probably not even read it but I challenge him to elaborate on this article. Make a list of 24 better players and give some justification for it. I know he won’t do it and I won’t hold that against him. He works for ESPN. He’s big time. Maybe that is why he had the balls, or lack thereof, to say that Carmelo Anthony is one of the “game’s top 25 players or so”. That statement is wrong, it is insulting and it is moronic. Carmelo Anthony, despite his defense, is a top 10 NBA player. Few are as versatile offensively and no player last season was more clutch. Great job John Hollinger. You sound like an ass and a biased Knick hater once again.

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Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire Appear on Sesame Street

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This Sesame Street will air tomorrow morning if you would like to see the show in its entirety.

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Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony Appear at “Watch the Throne” Concert

Last night, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Hornets point guard Chris Paul made an appearance together at the “Watch the Throne” tour at Madison Square Garden. It has been no secret that Anthony and Paul have become closer during this lockout. The stars have been in lockout negotiation meetings together, they have played in numerous charity games together and they have gone on a Jordan brand tour in China together. Just last month, Anthony publicly said he would love to play with Paul. Personally, I think this is a good thing that the two are hanging out and going to concerts. Obviously this has no impact on basketball or anything but I think the more Melo and Paul continue to build a good relationship with each other, the more likely it is that the impending free agent Paul will bring his talents to Madison Square Garden in 2012. Lockout pending of course…

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Melo, CP3, Wade Star in Lockout Relevant Jordan Commercial

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I think the concept for this commercial is genius. Using the lockout to create a fresh and exciting commercial is a great move by the PR people over at Jordan brand. Obviously, I am very pro owner but even I can come to appreciate a great ad about the players being “victimized” by the lockout. I wouldn’t exactly say that guys like Melo, CP3 and D Wade refusing to take a 2% pay reduction (a figure Melo probably makes in one shoe deal alone) in exchange for playing basketball is them having their love of the game stripped from them. Either way this is a very entertaining commercial and a great move by the Jordan brand.

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Melo Drops Out of World Tour

The NBA Players “World Tour” seems to be unraveling. In the last two days, stars have been dropping from the tour like flies. Yesterday Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook dropped out while LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony dropped out today.

Could the NBA have a deal coming? Why else would these guys be turning down a million dollars each? Maybe they know that a deal is close. I take the collapse of this world tour as a good sign in that if they had no reason not to play, they would play. Clearly there is something going on and this is a strong indication that  a deal is close. Stay tuned.

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Kevin Durant Charity Game Will Be Streamed Online

Today’s KD Charity Game featuring Melo, Amar’e and Kevin Durant, will be streamed online on the basketball channel. Here are the rosters for the teams

Team Blue:

Chris Paul

Carmelo Anthony

Amar’e Stoudemire

Rudy Gay

James Harden

John Wall

Damien Wilkins

Johnny Flynn

Team White:

Kevin Durant

Russell Westbrook

LeBron James

LaMarcus Aldridge

Monta Ellis

Jeff Green

Michael Beasley

Jamal Crawford

You have to sign up for an account on the basketball channel but it only takes a few seconds.

Here is the link for the game

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Carmelo Anthony Wants Chris Paul on the Knicks… Duh

On Thursday, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said what everybody knew; that he would love to have Hornets guard Chris Paul in a Knick uniform.

“If it works out and he comes here and they allow him to come here, you’ll see a smile from ear to ear,” Anthony said, according to the New York Post. “It’s not just me. It’s everybody [in New York]. If he decides to leave New Orleans and goes somewhere else, they’ll be feeling the same way I’m feeling.”

Isn’t this why we are having the lockout? Cause owners do not want players recruiting each other and joining up in big markets? I love Melo as much as the next fan but this is not the time for him to be saying things like this. Also I do not really see the reason for saying this. Everybody knows that he would like to join up with Chris Paul. Everyone knows about the infamous Melo-LaLa wedding where Paul made a toast to a big three in New York (along with Amar’e Stoudemire).

Obviously I would love to see a big three with Paul also. Whether or not it would be best for the team would have to be decided by the roster and pieces around them but either way it would be entertaining and the team would have a great chance to be great. I really do not get why Melo said this at this time, probably the worst possible time to make comments like this, and I do not think it is necessary to say that in public. Everyone knows that, why say it? Telling it to a New York paper is not going to make it happen or heighten the chances of it happening so why say it? I love Melo but I think it would be just best if he keeps this Chris Paul stuff on the DL. You know, since there is a lockout going on where the fight is about superstars changing teams it is probably best to just not say the free agent stuff. Just saying…

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