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‘Melo talks his responsibility, Mike Woodson’s accountability

Mar 28, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

Carmelo Anthony, Jrue Holiday AP

Pressure is on in New York.

The Knicks got a nice win Monday over the Bucks to create some breathing room, but with about a month until the playoffs start they are still only two games up on the nine-seed Bucks. And they are going to be without Amare Stoudemire for probably close to a month (I’m not buying the two-week stuff). And they are without Jeremy Lin Wednesday.

Still, the Knicks are winning under new coach Mike Woodson. Carmelo Anthony was on ESPN Radio New York and talked about what Woodson brings (via Sports Radio Interviews).

The biggest thing now is he holds guys accountable on the basketball court regardless of who it is like myself, Amar’e, Tyson [Chandler], Jeremy [Lin]. Regardless of who it is he holds guys accountable. That’s big especially in this day and age.”

With Stoudemire out a lot of the accountability, responsibility and pressure now falls to Anthony.

Oh it’s a lot. It’s a lot. It’s a team. I am not the only one on a team. A moment like this is where it becomes fun. I have been around this league for eight years. This is my ninth season, so I’ve been in situations like this before and it’s a very fun time. It’s a very fun situation to be in. Of course we would like it a little bit better where we are not fighting for it to solidify a spot, but at times like this it becomes fun.”

When we get to the playoffs, wherever the Knicks land, the credit or blame is going to go to Anthony. This is why he came to New York. For that spotlight. Time to embrace it.

  1. thetruth113 - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Stop talking like losing a hobbled Amare is going to be a negative. They have given up 6 more points per 100 possessions with him on the court as opposed to when he’s on the bench this year. Imagine how good they could be if Carmelo would just go down with an injury

  2. losangelasbasketball - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    As the 7th or 8th seed, which team does the knicks have a better chance of forcing a game 7…. chicago or miami lol

  3. rtratlsports - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Mike Woodson is a great coach. Hawks we’re stupid to let him go.

  4. ihatecomingupwiththesenames - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Melo shut them haters down tonight!!! Big win for the Knicks! Magic suck. Dwight should not have stayed.

  5. lakerluver - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    They should’ve canned Mike D a long time ago. The guy has to be one of the most overrated coaches in sports history. For all the points the Suns scored they never won anything significant under him.

  6. clevelandschronic2 - Mar 28, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Ihatecominupwithnames– ny is terrible magic are better than ur sorry a** knicks. U have 3 max contract players and u are fighting for the 7th-8th seed with milwaukee and my cavs lmfao. its incredibly funny how naive u new dorks are. First this crap abt tebow being the greatest qb since jesus himself. N now these knicks r title contenders as a measly 7-8th seed the joke jus keeps going

  7. mrlitl - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Jesus played QB? I bet his pep talks were awesome…

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