Rumor: Is Carmelo the problem in New York?
Carmelo very reflective tonight. Wondered aloud if he’s shooting too much, or should pass more and whether he’s to blame for losses.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He has yet to make those around him better.
For all his offensive gifts, Carmelo Anthony lacks the one skill that truly defines greatness: he does not raise the play of teammates.
In fact, he never has.
Anthony struggled to find his game on-and-off court after a banner rookie year with the Denver Nuggets. Then he failed to mesh with Allen Iverson. Only with leader and Finals MVP Chauncey Billups did ‘Anthony’s Nuggets’ compete.
Last year was a write-off. Anthony made no secret of his desire for a trade to the big-market New York Knicks. Both teams were in a holding pattern for months, dealing with 24-7 trade rumors.
When those rumors became reality, the results surprised. The Nuggets, with balance and team-first play, impressed, while the superstar-laden Knicks disappointed.
And Anthony must take the blame. He’s in his much-desired glamour market, and has yet to deliver results.
He shoots too much. He won’t include others. Worst of all, his presence has turned Amar’e Stoudemire, a $100 million free agent signing in 2010, into a blue-collar post.
Something must give. Nine years into his career, the question is whether Anthony can change and embrace the bigger picture?
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