Anthony became a controversial figure after Mike D'Antoni 's departure as reports insinuated he was at odds with his former coach. But Anthony maintained that he was an innocent bystander in the process, and in the past few days, he has tried to revamp his image into a team-first guy who not only welcomes but seeks criticism. "When he got the job, I told him, 'Hold me accountable,' " Anthony said of Woodson. "I don't have a problem with criticism. If I can do something to help better this team, let me know. And he's been doing that."
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick: Well, there’s a first time for everything.
Carmelo Anthony saying he wants New York Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson to hold him accountable is interesting because nobody has ever done, or even tried, such a thing.
Think about it: Anthony has received the VIP, red carpet treatment since arriving in the NBA in 2003. And this has resulted in more ‘get out of jail free cards’ than one can count.
After all, Kiki Vandeweghe, Jeff Bzdelik, and Nuggets ownership swept his early indiscretions under the rug, while respected Coach George Karl was undercut when trying to discipline Anthony.
Then there was Mike D’Antoni, a one-time coach of the year and assistant with USA Basketball. The former New York sideline boss only asked Anthony to be ready to play, to share the ball, and to have fun.
When Anthony balked at such lofty expectations, D’Antoni went to his boss, owner James Dolan, to pursue a trade. Dolan refused, encouraged D’Antoni to resign, and empowered Anthony.
Bottom line: nobody has ever held Anthony accountable. Not once.
It doesn’t matter that he hasn’t won anything. And it doesn’t matter that his only playoff success in Denver came because teammate Chauncey Billups was an MVP candidate.
Anthony demands, and gets, superstar treatment.
So it’s hard to see Woodson, an interim coach, truly holding Anthony, a star with the backing of ownership, accountable.
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