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Report: Like Knicks fans, ‘Melo unhappy with D’Antoni

Mar 13, 2012, 12:23 PM EST

Carmelo Anthony, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni AP

The scapegoats of the week in New York are Carmelo Anthony and Mike D’Antoni — clearly they are the reasons the Knicks have lost six in a row.

And now, we bring you the next phase of the Knicks implosion — infighting and blaming the coach. From Marc Berman of the New York Post.

There are several indications the alliance is getting worse, not better, and it seems inconceivable both will be back with the Knicks next season. According to a source familiar with the situation, Anthony is disgruntled and he may have given off those signs when he didn’t join the huddle during a third-quarter timeout. (Anthony claimed that occurs often).

I’m sure Mike D’Antoni feels the same way about ‘Melo. I’m also sure that both will come out and deny this is the case in the next 24 hours.

Let’s have some fun and trace the problems with the Knicks and their star forward.

It starts with management. They hired D’Antoni — a system coach who runs “seven seconds or less” — then never gave him a roster that can run that system. Amare Stoudemire can but this system needs a strong point guard who can share the rock and run the pick-and-roll, plus good shooters around the wings. They had that for a while during their Jeremy Lin-inspired run (against a slate of weak teams) but then tried to incorporate Carmelo Anthony, Baron Davis and J.R. Smith into the team. Three ball stopping, me-first gunners. Mix that with real competition (especially at the point) and you have a six-game losing streak.

A couple years ago Knicks had started to build a good roster, but owner James Dolan overpaid and demanded the team get Carmelo Anthony, a guy who does not fit the system. But his name does look good on the marquee. Dolan them kicked Donnie Walsh — the executive who got the roster out of cap hell and started to build a balanced team — to the curb.

So this is where they are — a coach trying to run his system with an ill-fitting roster and guys who clearly are not buying in day in and day out.

This summer the Knicks need to either let D’Antoni walk and bring in a coach better suited to utilize this roster, or start reshaping the roster to fit D’Antoni’s system. One of the other. You can’t just assemble nice players and expect it to work, there has to be a plan and system.

Also, some Knicks fans on twitter have suggested Phil Jackson and the triangle are the answer. Not going to happen. First, while Jackson has ties to the Knicks and will flirt with them, if you watched him up close his last season (as I did) you would know he is done with the circus and hassle of being an NBA coach. He’s not coming back for any job. More importantly, this is not a good triangle roster — Lin only works in the pick and roll, Carmelo is a ball stopper (the triangle is about player and ball movement, plus spacing), the center Tyson Chandler is not a great passer (need that in the triangle), there are not enough shooters. Jackson would look at this roster, look at the Heat and Bulls, and say no thanks.

  1. khadeemw - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Like Knicks fans, D’Antoni is unhapy with Melo

  2. cantonbound13 - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Dolan better NOT bring Isiah back!

  3. nghtrder169 - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Stop all that stupid Triangle & Ball-Stopper nonsense… Like Kobe & MJ were not iso style ball-stoppers at times in that system especially in the 4th when the game is on the line.

    • rooney24 - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      Melo is not Kobe or MJ. Even if your point is valid, I don’t think Melo can or would make the changes needed to work in that system. Like them or loathe them, Kobe and MJ are relentless in both preparation and all facets in game (scoring, passing, defense). Melo just wants to score and doesn’t seem to work EXTRA on the other parts of his game.

  4. bringingthepain - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Losses started again when who came back into the lineup? Oh Yeah, the one doing the whining. Carmelo does nothing but hold the ball. When they were winning, maybe against weaker teams, they were running. Take Carmelo back out and see what happens. #getintheteamhuddleego

  5. truthhurtstoo - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    knicks and a lot like the jets—- losers!

  6. juanandonly24 - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    D’Antoni should be getting a good portion of the blame. How is it that George Karl was able coach a team that was built around the “ball-stopper” known as Carmelo Anthony? It’s clear that the lack of coaching adjustments has not helped this team at all.

  7. xrateplaya - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Carmelo is one of those guys.. He’s good but whatever team he’s in will always lose.. He’s a perennial loser because of how his game is.. The same can be said of baron Davis.. They won’t win any championships becuz their game just messes up any flow..

    Don’t talk about college with Carmelo becuz college is a whole different place

  8. bishopbengals - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Half of you so called NBA fans have no clue what the deal is. You want to blame Carmelo for something that is out of his control. Apparently you never watched what he did to help turn around the Nuggets, he is a winner. What he can’t control, however, is that he has never been a fastbreak guy. D’antoni’s system is outdated and he needs to be replaced, period.

  9. sasquash20 - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Melo is a total hollow stats guy. He is way too selfish and self centered to ever be a true great player. He is a cancer and should be traded now. They should rebuild this whole team. New coach, new players, would equal new hope. Keep T.Chandler, and get rid of everyone else.

  10. kingbuccaneer - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Melo, Chandler, and 1st round pick for Howard and Turk right now

    DO IT!!!!

  11. boondocksaint224 - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    “How could you idiots not see this coming a mile away?”

    – Every Nuggets fan

  12. loungefly74 - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    looks like several people beat to the punch about the knock against Melo.

    Melo needs to take a deep look at himself. the only way this, his selfish ball-stopper stigma, goes away is with WINS. it cures everything.

    okay, so what should the Knicks do? they got some sexy pieces there in NY…im gonna guess D’Antoni will be out. no way management tears apart that team that quickly…even though tearing it apart (trading Melo for some very nice players) might be the right thing to do…

    man…i’m sitting here at my desk right now and i see the Jeremy Lin SI issue in a stack of magazines…that was just a couple weeks ago!!!??? an analogy of the Knick’s season would be of a crack-smoker’s high (please excuse the vulgarity) feeling on top of the world for a minute and now back in the dumps.

  13. starvingardens - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Hell… Before the deadline!!!! Melo to Golden State for Monta! Both sides win!!!!!

  14. jebdamone - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    mellow=scum. I wouldn’t want
    mellow on my team in a pickup game.

  15. rob0527 - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Well the Knicks made there bed when they traded for Melo. Now they have to live with it. Besides what did Dolan think when they added all these new guys in a short season with no practice time. To many me first guys on this team.

  16. md23rewlz - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Anthony is nothing but an easy scapegoat. There are a million problems with that team.

  17. diegorodriguez3897 - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    As a Nuggets fan, I am not surprised how things have gone for the Knicks after the trade. Denver made out like bandits. However, Melo succeeded in Denver despite himself because George Karl was able to coach around Melo’s style. Melo is in a tough spot at this point in his career because it is starting to seem like he is more of a problem than a solution.

  18. jolink653 - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    the problem is that d’antoni has entirely lost this team and now he has to go…there’s no hustle or heart at all in this team and you can see it by the lack of attention/interest in defending and even just getting back the other way…they refuse to attack the basket and instead are ok with taking 20 foot jumpers rather than moving the ball around for a better shot and when melo has the ball everyone spreads the floor and watches…how is that melo’s fault? that’s on d’antoni for allowing that kind of play and someone needs to get them moving around…and i’m not saying some of the blame shouldn’t be on melo because he’s the star player but no one on this team gets in anyone’s face and they tolerates this lack of effort and interest so they keep looking terrible and they’ll keep looking terrible until the players decide they want to do something about it

  19. phillyson - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    D’antoni is an absolute joke. He was lucky to have Nash and amare in their primes. He still couldnt
    do anything w them and wasted their talent. He is the most overrated coach in the NBA. Bet Doug collins could get these guys to b over .500.

  20. bknowledge - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Melo and Baron
    for
    Nash and Gortat

    48 minutes of D’Antoni offense with 48 minutes of great defensive center play…

  21. honkerdawg - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Where do these guys come off saying they should be consulted about personnel moves and who should coach the team; Anthony has done NOTHING in his career. Since when do the players run the team. If he wants control let him go the T.O. way and be a big fish in a small pond it’ll be great for that huge ego of his. Knicks are better off without him, thats when they were winning wasn’t it!

  22. omniusprime - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Carmelo is a pathetic excuse for a loyal team player. Now he’s whining about being in New York with the pathetic perennial losers the Knicks? What has Carmelo done for this Knicks club who brought him out of Denver after he whined about being there other than continue being a whining loser? The Knicks were stupid to trade for Carmelo and now they have to endure having this perennial whining loser on their roster.

    Oh and how funny is it that the most Lin-ept NBA player has gone back to stinking up the court the way he used to at Golden State and Houston? Man what a bunch of fools who ever thought this garbage player could ever be an NBA star. I sure hope there are lots of unsold Lin-ept gear in the NBA stores, soon they’ll go on fire sale as they’ve become worthless, just like he’s been his whole short career.

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