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A Defense of Carmelo Anthony (Fanpost)

Two of my friends, Scott McConnell (@scottmcconnell7) and Andy Joss (@andyjoss82) are loyal Melo lovers. They joint wrote this piece about defending Melo. It’s actually pretty good and pretty funny. I think you’ll all enjoy it.

Recently, there have been an abundance of anti-Melo sentiments emanating from the world’s most famous arena. Melo has been accused of being lazy, not playing defense, not sharing the ball, and even not trying. But we are here to defend the man who once brought such joy the people of New York.

When Melo arrived in Madison Square Garden, restored to the city in which he grew up, he was celebrated as royalty. Hailed as the messiah that would return the Knicks to the lofty heights that they once dwelled in familiarity. Once proclaimed by this very blogger to be the “best pure scorer in the league”, those talents still reside in Melo’s able body. The New York media and its faithful must learn patience with Melo, as they have time and time again showed this team throughout the past decade.

Like it or not, Melo is there for a purpose. And like or not, Melo will remain there for that purpose. The low blowing and finger blaming is an attitude worse than any act that Melo has committed. Let our message ring loud and clear: The New York Knicks need Melo to win a championship. Sure there may have been games where his effort looked lackluster, or his defense subpar. But Melo does know how to win a championship. Recall his freshman year at Syracuse and his magical run with the Orange to the championship. The media-created negativity that surrounds the Knicks star is the only true tumor to this team.

We would like to leave this blog with a simple plea: do not bash our star for things that he may or may not have done. Instead celebrate his talents and support him for the fact that the Knick nation will not reach its goal without him. Carmelo Anthony would not be here unless he wanted to be, and Melo will bring titles back to the Garden.
In conclusion, many people think that Melo is the hero that New York deserves, but not the one it needs right now. Fair or not, critics will attack Melo for his perceived shortcomings in those times when the Knicks struggle. That is the heavy baggage that comes with the label of superstar and the accompanying max contract. Whenever the team does not perform up to the high expectations laid out, it is Melo who must take the blame. The media will ravage Melo’s good name in an effort to assign blame for their beloved team’s shortcomings. They attack him, because he is strong, he can shoulder the blame.

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Notes From Knicks 96-79 Loss to Raptors/ Knicks-Pistons Game Preview


The above video basically signifies what happened to New York last night. They were in the fight, but then got knocked out in the 3rd quarter and hilariously flailed around the rest of the game. All of the sudden, “Woodyball” isn’t looking so good.

The Knicks previously dynamic Woodson-led offense has looked not so dynamic the past two games. Even in a win over Philadelphia, the number one rated defensive team in the league, the Knicks scored just 82 points and shot just 36%. I can give the Knicks a pass, sort of, for their inept offensive fortitude in that game. I cannot do so for last night’s game. Don’t be fooled, the Knicks shouldn’t have even gotten to 79. Late in the game, Toronto had their backups in (which was a virtual D-League roster) the game which allowed the Knicks to get 79 points. At the 2:33 mark of the 4th quarter, the Knicks had 68 points. That is unacceptable and embarrassing.

I understand that this has just been two bad offensive games, but I think there are some glaring weaknesses that the Knicks must shore up.

In this post, I will address what the Knicks did wrong last night and what they need to do tonight against Detroit. More

Knicks-Raptors: What to Watch For

Can the Knicks make it 6 in a row?

New York has won 5 straight games, while Toronto has lost 3 in a row. This is a game the Knicks should win. They are better than Toronto. They have more to play for than Toronto. They are more talented than Toronto.

The Knicks haven’t played since defeating Philadelphia on Wednesday night. They should have fresh legs tonight. No excuses for the Knicks in this one. They absolutely should win this game.

Here’s what to watch for: More

Notes From the Knicks 82-79 Victory Over Philadelphia

Yes, the Knicks actually won a game in which they scored 82 points.

Can you remember the last time that happened? I can’t. The Knick defense smothered Philadelphia Wednesday night, en route to a 82-79 victory. The re-energized Knicks held Philly to 38.7% shooting from the floor. Mike Woodson has this team playing with more energy then they have in a decade. I understand its a 5 game sample size, and I’ve been as skeptical as anyone, but we can only read into these last 5 games. Nobody knows what will happen in the next 5 games. The Knicks may go 0-5 and lose every game by 40. Nobody knows. Over these past 5 games though, the Knicks have given playoff like effort. I believe this is the best 5 game stretch this team has had in the past decade. Their effort, especially defensively, has been nothing short of outstanding. Tonights game showcased just how well the Knicks are playing.

New York didn’t shoot well all night. They made up for it by defending and rebound. Yes, the New York Knicks with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, dominated a quality opponent on the road by defending and rebounding. You can argue that Stoudemire was the Knicks most energized defender tonight! He had the defensive play of the game, when he destroyed Elton Brand in transition by blocking his shot and sending the ancient Sixers power forward to the deck. I almost fell out of my crappy desk chair when he did that.  I think I speak for every Knick fan when I say that that play was f&%$#@ awesome!! Go Knicks!!!

Here are my notes from the game: More

Baron Davis Will Play Tonight

Davis is returning from a tweaked hamstring. Personally, I’m not sure how much I like this. I don’t disagree that the Knicks need Davis out there. Mike Bibby’s corpse has been corpse-like and totally ineffective, but the Knicks need Davis in the long run. Hamstring injuries, like all leg injuries, are delicate. This is a huge game for the Knicks, but the long term health of their backup point guard is more important. We’ll see what happens tonight.

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Knicks-Sixers: What to Watch For

Tonight is a big game for the Knicks. They are in Philadelphia to take on the division leading 76ers.

For today’s pre game, I have a very special guest.

Jedi Master Yoda has joined me to discuss tonight’s Knicks-Sixers matchup. More

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Notes From the Knicks 106-87 Victory Over Toronto

I like the way the Knicks are playing. Lets keep this in perspective though.

Yes, the Knicks are 4-0 since Mike D’Antoni was replaced by Mike Woodson. They are playing very well on both ends of the court, but lets keep some perspective. Toronto is not a good team. They’re 15-31 for a reason. The Knicks dominated Toronto defensively and overwhelmed them offensively, scoring 50 points in the paint. They obliterated the Raptors, as well they should, but there are a few glaring things this team must improve on. Any win is a good win when you’re a 22-24 8th seed, but the Knicks are not out of the woods yet. More

Melo-D’Antoni Deeper Than It Seems

We are back to where we always are with this year’s version of the New York Knicks, examining Carmelo Anthony.  Outside of a couple week excursion to Linsanity everything has been about Melo, sometimes fair and other times not.

This current situation is in regards to quotes Melo had after practice on Monday that are outlined in this column by Jamie O’Grady   http://knicks.lohudblogs.com/2012/03/20/melo-keepin-it-real-real-transparent/.

On the surface it’s a simple, cut and dry situation. Carmelo Anthony didn’t play hard under Coach D’Antoni, he should be castrated. If this is the opinion you have its completely fair and difficult to argue. More