“When I’m reading the stuff (about how he might not fit with Lin), 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…
“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 (Stoudemire) 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.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Saying the right thing is easy. Doing the right thing is difficult, especially for a shot-first superstar like Carmelo Anthony.
Right now, Anthony is talking the talk -announcing he’ll play off Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks’ sensation at point guard.
His track record suggests otherwise, though. Anthony needs the ball, and only co-existed with Chauncey Billups in Denver because Mr. Big Shot wouldn’t hesitate to spot-up and tell him, when necessary, where to go.
Lin, even with the press and Tim Tebow comparisons, is still somewhat unproven. He lacks the pedigree and personality of Billups.
And Anthony, despite his recent shooting woes, remains the Knicks’ franchise face, earning an average wage of $21 million per season through 2014-15.
So it remains to be seen if Anthony will adjust his game at all for Lin. Or, if it will be the other way around.
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