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Report: Carmelo Anthony didn’t want J.R Smith on Knicks

Mar 12, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

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That sound you hear all over Manhattan is the Knicks imploding.

There are a lot of issues around the Knicks right now — except, surprisingly, their defense — but a lot of the issues at the heart of the current five-game losing streak tie back to chemistry and team make up. The Knicks assembled pieces without regard to fit.

That may include the latest piece added, J.R. Smith. In the wake of Smith getting fined by the league for tweeting pictures of a scantily clad model from his hotel room in Milwaukee comes this note from Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Contrary to popular belief, Anthony was leery of the Knicks bringing in his former Denver teammate three weeks ago and gave a thumbs down to upper management, according to a person close to the Knicks superstar….

Publicly, Anthony said all the right things about Smith…. But, according to the source, Anthony was not gung-ho and was “hurt’’ Knicks upper management tossed his advice out the window.

The Knicks needed help at the two guard spot, Smith was a free agent coming out of playing in Chia, but Smith is an unrepentant gunner on a team where getting enough shots for everyone and playing within the system were already issues.

Jeremy Lin is tasked with the impossible job of trying to divide up those shots and get the ball to the right guy at the right time. Thing is, Lin has had some absolutely awful games of late — so far neither Mike D’Antoni nor the Garden faithful have not turned on him, but that may change very soon if he keeps having games like he did on Sunday.

  1. quadassio - Mar 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    The Knicks are garbage. Melo is a gun slinger as well. He doesn’t play no D. He and Lebron are basically the same height and weight. James hustles for those rebounds and blocks and gets his teammates involved.

    • hustleman23 - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      Sounds personal buddy. it sad when this man gets blamed for taking to many shots and blamed for not enough shots. When does it end?? He scores, gets asst, rebounds and defense is improving. Where is stoudemire offensively, defensively? Why does Linn constantly try to drill thru 2 and 3 players while his teams just watch? Bottom line is it takes a team to win a game. Melo has sacrificed what he does, SCORE, for the team.

  2. acdc363 - Mar 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    I always knew JR Smith was a Chia Pet

  3. 700levelvet - Mar 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Awww…….He was “hurt”……..Too Damn funny, another Diva who hasn’t won a damn thing who thinks he qualifies as as GM…….The NBA is a league full of Kim Kardashians, with a fan base who are nothing more than jock sniffers……..

  4. canehouse - Mar 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Yo Spike!! Would you still not trade the Knicks roster with the Heat? HaHa!

  5. shockexchange - Mar 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Everybody died to be in New York … seems like they got their wish.

    • hustleman23 - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      Lets get a right now PG and a coach who knows how to coach, rotate players and motivate his players and we have a championship. Steve Nash is that right now PG. we shot ourselves in the foot trading Billups!

  6. dgbk - Mar 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    jr smith came to ny for everyhing else not to win if he was serious about playin time and wanted to win he would of went to the clippers….. and yes melo should be hurt when his team dont even take his advice on role players not a good look

    • hustleman23 - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      take this from someone who knows the game. Players like Smith and Melo need the ball early ti create. They are extremely creative and at times unstoppable. Get them the ball early, on cute to the basket etc….. and it will improve the scroring and passing. They are not stand outside and wait for a 3 pt shot players. They worked well in Denver. With Amarie, its all mental. Master that free throw jumper, have chandler rotate out the lane at times so he can drive. Mentally he has to get it back.

  7. losangelasbasketball - Mar 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    dolan and grunwald have brought the talent to the garden, it’s up to dantoni to get those pieces to fit together…. how much time does dantoni have left?

    • hustleman23 - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      VERY WELL SPOKEN! Wake up people. We have the players. Coaches put it together and make it work. A new coach and experienced PG will do it. Phil Jackson perhaps…HHHmmm

  8. 00maltliquor - Mar 12, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    “No guys, not J.Rrrrrrr.! He doesn’t share his shots/basketball with meeee!”

  9. suhnum1fan - Mar 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Linsanity is officially dead, good!!

  10. deenice810 - Mar 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Poor Melo has hurt feelings. Good thing he has that big contract to dry his tears with. sob,sob!

  11. lakerluver - Mar 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    The Knicks are a friggin MESS! Mike D is only part of the problem but in my opinion he’s one of the most overrated coaches ever.

    • hustleman23 - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      He simply is not the coach we need right now. We appreciate what he has done but he must go if we are to improve!

  12. khadeemw - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Who cares about the opinion of the most overrated superstar in NBA history

  13. innerarrogance - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    JR Smith is underrated. Will MELO ever perform again? He’s not really a top guard anymore and his shoes don’t sell…CMON MAN!

    • hustleman23 - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      I bought 3 pair.

  14. inthearex - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Report: Smart Knick fans never wanted the entire roster gutted to have Carmelo Anthony on the roster.

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