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Carmelo Anthony returns to Knicks lineup Monday vs. Nets

Feb 20, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

Knicks forward Anthony reacts to the Bulls missing a free throw attempt in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York Reuters

If you’re going to ease Carmelo Anthony back into the new-look Knicks, this is the best way to do it — against the worst defense in the league.

Carmelo Anthony will be back with the Knicks in the starting lineup Monday against the Nets, the team announced. He will start (Iman Shumpert will come off the bench), and also expect Baron Davis to get some run at the point guard spot in this game.

The Knicks went 6-1 without Carmelo in the lineup (really 7-1 because he only played five minutes in a win over the Jazz). That is where Jeremy Lin has taken over, leading to the questions from some on how Anthony could fit in with a strong point guard. As if he didn’t do that with guys like Chauncey Billups, Ty Lawson and others in Denver all those years.

The emergence of Lin means Anthony no longer has to play the point-forward position, which should free him up to make more plays off the ball and exploit mismatches that come his way rather than have to get others involved.

Basically, ‘Melo likes to score and now he can focus on that.

The Nets should provide an easier way for ‘Melo to start, with the more serious challenges of the Hawks and Heat looming on the schedule before the All-Star break begins.

  1. limonadamas - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    phew… Melo AND Baron tonight? if the Knicks stay healthy and keep up their defensive intensity with all their new pieces, the sky’s the limit for this team.

  2. losangelasbasketball - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Half time and jeremy lin has only one assist, goodbye linsanity.

  3. cowboychris5xchamps - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Miami owns the East….tune in to TNT this Thursday night limon….

  4. losangelasbasketball - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Im a fan if linsanity now, after watching deron williams torch new york tonight, im a big fan of overhyped players…. Go linsanity….

  5. Justin - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    “If you’re going to ease Carmelo Anthony back into the new-look Knicks, this is the best way to do it — against the worst defense in the league.”

    The kiss of death by Kurt. He did the same thing when the Knicks played the Hornets. Same results?

  6. RyanFeet - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    As a long time Knicks fan I must say that I have never been so pissed! I knew it and I said earlier. ..Melo, Davis, Smith need to be slowly added back into the lineup. Adding these guys early totally changed the style and speed of this game. Carmelo was absolutley horrible!!! D’antoni is an absolute idiot for these early 4 and 5 man stubstitutions…. Just take one out at a time. You dont see Humpries and Daryn Williams going in an out the whole game. Not having Shumpert hurt. Lin too much thinking about who it should get the ball… gotta get Melo his touches, Bull! Damn it! We were doing just fine winning without these guys. Now we are back to square one. Sloppy play, no chemistry!

  7. drewzducks - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Now that’s the Knicks we all know and love. Not enough basketballs on the court for all these shoot first types (Melo, Amare, JR). Chandler is the heart and soul of that team. Worth every penny.

  8. chargerdillon - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Having watched the previous game where the Knicks played tough against a good team minus Melo and played like a solid team…… to tonight where they looked like the most dysfunctional pile of garbage on the court to a bad team….


    Maybe I’m crazy, but I would trade Melo for more building blocks around this team provided they could make a trade. What exactly is Melo going to do for this team they can’t already do.

    Having said that, the difference between this game and last nights…… Lin’s defense. Against the Mav’s Lin made some seriously clutch defensive plays. Deron Williams made him look pretty damn average tonight…

    • zeedoubleyou - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      The problem for the Knicks is that you’ll never get equal value back in return when trading a superstar unless you’re negotiating against James Dolan.

      Unless they can work a Melo and Chandler for Howard and Anderson deal, I think firing D’Antoni and hiring a coach who can work with these pieces is the better move.

    • bknowledge - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      Melo for:
      Nash- our back up pg for the next 4 years/maybe finish games with Lin/Nash
      Gortat- our back up center so Chandler never has too play cautiously
      1rst round pick…

      Knicks might have to add some player to make it work with league rules (Toney? Baron?…basically throw in guy)

      Melo/Chandler for Howard/Anderson can’t work- salaries need to match by about 25% to make it legal- M/C make 33 million combined Howard makes 18/Anderson makes 2.2…

  9. losangelasbasketball - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Ny was all happy when they got mello, now they got buyers remorse…

  10. asublimeday - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Hey cowboychris: have you ever been to Dallas or Miami? I assume you jumped on the cowboys in the 90’s and on the heat last year. Do you also like brazil soccer, the Yankees, and the redwings?

  11. southbeachtalent - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Come on Knicks fans.. If the Knicks would have won yesterday we would have heard they are the team to beat. Trade Melo? WOW. Give this roster more than..hmmm… I dont know, a GAME! Knee jerk much?

  12. dysraw1 - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    I dont think the knicks were prepared to get peppered from deep like they did. also there was a lot of bullcrap going on between Tyson and humphries Kardashian that needs to stop. that being said its coming down to that part of the season where every possession will be important, if the knicks want to win they are going to have to protect the ball better

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