Before Carmelo Anthony came to New York, we’d all heard rumors about his questionable reputation, more so on the court than off it over the last few years. And before Carmelo Anthony came to New York, the Knicks fielded a team of all-around “good guys” who would NEVER criticize the coach or their teammates through the media. Melo, no more than three weeks after his arrival, has now criticized BOTH the coach AND his teammates in the media after two feeble performances against the mediocre Indiana Pacers.
“I’m thinking go for whatever is open,” Anthony said after the Knicks lost their third straight. “I really don’t know what everyone else was thinking. I’m thinking if I see somebody that’s backing off me like that, get it to me and let’s see what happens from there.”
Obviously Melo was calling out Jared Jeffries for not getting him the ball with .03 seconds left against Indiana, and he has a point (arguably, anyway. Although the Trent Tucker rule deems it possible to get a true shot off, is it really possible?), but again, three weeks and you’re talking to the media about your displeasure with your teammate? That’s just not what good teammates – “good guys,” if you will – do. If a player goes after his teammates publicly over effort and out of frustration, that’s one thing. But to say something like, “I really don’t know what everyone else was thinking,” is just a massive waste of accusatory energy which he needs to expend on actually playing defense rather than talking to reporters.
Oh, but he wasn’t done. When asked about Tyler Hansbrough’s two titanic performances against the Knicks, Melo said, “I don’t think we made adjustments to him at the top of the key, especially after the game he had in the Garden,” Anthony said in the visitor’s locker room Tuesday. “I’d think we’d have made adjustments after that.”
Of D’Antoni’s defensive schemes in general he said, “[We have to] come up with a scheme or a couple of schemes we’re going to stick with and do better at,” Anthony said yesterday. “Right now, one game we come in with one scheme. Another game we come in with a different scheme. I think it’s a bit confusing at times.”
Again, everything he said may be true, but does this grown man really still not understand that you can broach these issues with the team, the coach, whomever, in private? Is there really any purpose served here except to take blame off himself and put it onto the coaching staff? Wow. Really? Yesterday I was all positive, today I’m all realistic: Carmelo Anthony has A LOT of work to do if ever intends to lead this team to anything. He can start by being more professional on the defensive end and in the locker room.
-by Jamie Fedorko