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Melo says that he’s called selfish because of Linsanity

Aug 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

Anthony of the U.S. smiles from the bench during his game against Nigeria at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games Reuters

Carmelo Anthony apparently thinks that the whole idea of him being “selfish” started with Linsanity. Yeah. From USA Today:

But he pinpoints exactly when the “Anthony is selfish” meme began.

“Let’s be frank about it,” he said. “When it comes to the Knicks, we’re talking about one particular point in time. We’re talking about the whole ‘Linsanity’ thing. That’s when it started. That’s when it started to escalate as far as people saying I was selfish.”

“Lin came and we started winning games and then we started losing games, and they could only point to one thing, which is me, the leader of the team,” Anthony said. “They’re not going to point to Amar’e. They’re not going to point to (guard) Iman Shumpert. They’re going to point to me. I accept that. It doesn’t bother me.”

via Carmelo Anthony shows a different side with Team USA –

OK, well, that’s nice that he’s got a persecution complex about Jeremy Lin, but that’s not entirely accurate. Anthony was described not as selfish but as having too high of a usage rate dating back for years. It was part of the complexion of the discussion surrounding his potential and eventual trade to the Knicks that he is a high-usage player with a limited capacity for playmaking outside of scoring who isn’t an elite defender and in short, loves the ball and shooting the ball and all the things with the ball.

This was not a new development, nor was it something that was born out of Jeremy Lin. Lin simply served as an example of what can happen when you don’t settle for an isolation-centric offense, which is what Anthony is most comfortable with. Anthony’s not selfish. He wants to win. But if you’re comfortable doing something, and you’re good at it, you’re going to think that’s the best way to succeed. But Lin showed that there’s another way, a way where more people are involved and Anthony doesn’t have the ball. But Anthony couldn’t find a way to mesh with that. Whether that had something to do with Lin being gone is irrelevant to this discussion, it’s just a fact. He’s not there anymore, and the Knicks will almost entirely be built around ISOMelo.

But let’s not pretend like the topic of whether Anthony’s game is too self-focused started in February. This has been going on for years.


  1. jeffw - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Hey Melo… self awareness is a good thing. Try it!

    Self awareness is not just a river in Egypt… 😮

  2. timb12 - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Carmelo really reminds me of T-Mac. They’re both really great scorers, and easily one of the most talented players in the league during their time. But I don’t think either will ever win a ring.

  3. cakemixa - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    The guy has a 30 foot painting of himself in his living room, and wants to pass the blame on being selfish. Lol.

  4. rickyspanish - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Says the guy with a giant picture of himself in his living room.

    • florida727 - Aug 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM


      narcissism or narcism (ˈnɑːsɪˌsɪzəm, ˈnɑːˌsɪzəm)
      — n
      1. an exceptional interest in or admiration for oneself

      Pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

  5. gugurich - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    The selfish label in New York was loudest after he went 10/30 against Denver. It was bad enough that Carmelo acknowledged that he might need to dial back and get Amare involved more. That was way before Linsanity so he’s wrong to blame it for whatever misconceptions he’s unfairly stuck with.

    Whenever someone brings up T-Mac and losing in the playoffs, I cringe. T-Mac was not just a scorer, he was one of the greatest playmaking wing players the game has ever seen. He was a masterful point forward, a better playmaker than a scorer, an area in which he was inefficient.

    • snoopy2014 - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Agreed. It amazes me how much people look at the playoff record and forget about T-Mac’s actual game; he was an elite playmaker from the 3 position, arguably the most underrated portion of his game.

  6. timb12 - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    T-Mac was fantastic. When he came to Houston I was excited. Their career accomplishments are similar though on paper. They both put up big numbers but never had success in the playoffs. I wish him and Yao could have stayed healthy, who knows what could have happened.

  7. james2111 - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    No, it’s because you’re selfish.

  8. knightrider1755 - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Melo needs to shut up and put up. He’s in the spotlight now and this is what he wanted. So let’s see if he can handle it.

  9. dls612 - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    I think if he was better defensively no one would say he’s selfish . You have to compliment your offense with defense. He’s just like Jr Smith jacking up shots ,the only difference Smith plays d.

    • sellahh - Aug 4, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      Smith acts like he plays D, same reason why he laughed at Harden.

  10. gbsfinest420 - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    No carmello .. You have been known as selfish player for a long time now.. And it was messed up how you felt the need to comment on your teammates contract like that.. Throwing up 30 shots a game and not winning isnt a good look either..

  11. Justin - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Everyone knew what kind of player he was and accepted it. When he got injured things changed though. Everyone got upset because they were watching a less talented team win by playing team basketball. Suddenly, Melo comes back and is healthy and they have more talent and yet do worse. At that point it wasn’t hard to see what the changing variable in the equation was.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 4, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      Very good summary, Justin. Spot on.

  12. 00maltliquor - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Newsflash, Melo: You were considered selfish BEFORE you ever touched base in NY, foolio!

    Don’t blame the poor lil’ 3rd string asian kid that got you guys into the playoffs once you went down and your team started winning!

  13. lakerluver - Aug 4, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Good comparison. I got another one for you. How about Mark Aguire? Melo’s game even resembles Aguire’s. I disagree with you though on whether he can win a ring or not. I know it was college but Melo has already proven he could lead a team to a championship. He does have some selfishness in him but most great scorers do. I think Melo would be better on a team where he’s the 2nd option instead of the 1st.

    • sellahh - Aug 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Melo being 2nd option on a team is no way possible, Durant and LBJ are never teaming up with him and I can’t think of many scorers better than Melo at PG and Center positions…

    • timb12 - Aug 5, 2012 at 2:27 AM

      I do think that that’s a little different. It’s easier to ride one player and win it all. I can’t see a reasonable scenario where Carmelo is the 2nd option, or even split it and go 1A and 1B. He has Amare, who is probably a little overrated, and he can’t really split shots with him. Carmelo is a very good talent though, but he’s definitely missing something.

  14. windycity52 - Aug 4, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    I can’t stand superstars that don’t put effort at the defensive end just as much as I can’t stand big men that don’t crash the boards. Melo never plays D, and that’s why the chances of him winning a championship aren’t good. A’mare is so inconsistent on the boards, 6’11” and athletic should average 10+ boards. I understand chandler is there now, but Stoudemire didn’t rebound well way before Chandler. I’m a fan of both players, but they need to lead by example. Defense and Rebounding wins championships.

  15. jebdamone - Aug 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    let’s be frank about it carmelo, most people have always thought you were selfish. the fact that you think linsanity is what brought about that label just shows how long ago you earned it.

  16. dysraw1 - Aug 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    lets be frank its the same fools saying the same crap.theres no need to come to the mans defense because this is a stigma the man as had his entire career. but heres question for all you b-ball know it alls. how can you be selfish an be second in assist on your team at the same time.

  17. lakerluver - Aug 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    @sellahh, if Melo had been traded to the LAKERS for Bynum, as he almost was, he would’ve been the 2nd option to Kobe. I believe he could’ve been perfect in that role for a 2-3 seasons until Kobe relinquished the reins. That being said, I’m glad the LAKERS didn’t make that deal, even though I think Melo is a great player.

  18. eflem80 - Aug 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    God some of these comments on here are stupid! The whole “Melo is selfish” crap is the same crap that was said about MJ before he had Pippen, Kobe Phil showed up and again until Pau showed. Not saying he’s even as good as either one but no player gets a team out the 1st round…the TEAM gets out the 1st round. The ONE year the nuggets where actually any good they finished the season in the WCF. A real PG (billups…not A.I.) and for once Nene & k-mart weren’t on the IR. That, along with Melo’s play got them there. He hasn’t played on a team that good since. Another thing. The Knicks didn’t lose games bc he couldn’t figure out how to play with Lin…D’antoni (you know…the head coach) couldn’t figure out how to make Melo play with Lin. Under Woodsen, they went 8-1…together. Two wins where blow outs against Indiana. They played just fine together when everyone was healthy. Like ALL good players, Melo needs a good team built around him to get deep in the post season. This knick team is by far the most talent he’s ever played with in his entire career. he’s a scorer…so…he scores a lot. That doesn’t make him “selfish”. Lin went down & Amare went down…that’s about 32 points per game on the IR when he was dropping 40 every other game late in the season…what else was he suppose to do??? Pass it to Jarred Jeffries???? C’mon man!

  19. davidcl77 - Aug 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    The guy is unquestionably selfish. That’s a given. Anyone who has ever seen him play and know basketball knows that.
    He will never win a championship. May never go past the first round of the playoffs. He and Amare can’t play together. That’s a fact.

    • thenoblefacehumper - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      While I agree with most of what you said, as a Knick fan I feel obligated to tell you he’s already been past the first round. Went to game 6 of the conference finals with Denver.

  20. aboogy123456 - Aug 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    I think at this point Carmelo has become one of the most underrated players in the league. Most fans here don’t know what they are talking about, probably the same guys who call kobe selfish. Instead of looking at the box score, try watching the game and appreciate that carmelo is a killer scorer, and there really is not much more talent on the team. I think he’s just not that great at defense, but calling him selfish because he shoots a lot is misinformed.

    Look how great he’s playing on the USA team. If he was surrounded with some more offensive talent in new york maybe he would be more efficient and shoot less. And as for his field goal percentage, it’s easy to focus your defense on melo when the other players you have to gameplan for have no talent on offense and amare isn’t scaring anybody either.

    Also, he is a winner, but it takes a team to win a game. At the end of the game, he has that clutch factor and he can score, which is what so many teams need. He’s only one guy though, and similar to T-Mac, you can’t judge one guy because he hasn’t advanced far in the playoffs.

  21. papichulo55 - Aug 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Exactly how many All Stars dont want, or need, the ball?

  22. lorddarkhelmet - Aug 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    No worries Melo, I’ve thought you were selfish for years before Linsanity

  23. lilrock9 - Aug 4, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Melo selfish is all media hype. Name 1 player that has said he was selfish , actually all his teammates call him a great teammate. So great that players like JR Smith followed him to NY , Chris Paul will do almost anything to play with him & Amarè Stoudamire new he was coming before he ever came. So selfish doesn’t exist with him. These are facts not media hype learn to separate bloggers , paper sellers from the truth.

    • lorddarkhelmet - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      Great and JR Smith do not belong in the same sentence, and Amare was there well before Melo. I strongly doubt Chris Paul will “do almost anything to play with him” either, Paul is staying put because he knows that is his best chance to win a championship.

      Melo is a very good basketball player who could easily be one of the best in the game but he stubbornly thinks isos are going to win him a championship even though that’s what he has done his whole career.He hasn’t won anything, nor will he until he learns to play good team basketball.

      The media has nothing to do with any of these facts, they just are.

  24. lilrock9 - Aug 4, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Ive heard Big Dog would never win a chip , Antoine Walker must I go on. Remember Karl Malone , Barkley , Pat Ewing , Stockton , Steve Nash ….. It’s a very long list of Hall of Famers who don’t have a chip. Championships are about team team team team. Doesn’t mean your not a great player or HOF

    • lorddarkhelmet - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      Not sure I understand your post.

      Championships are about team team team = correct
      Big Dog was quite a flop in the NBA, he was supposed to be the next big thing but he was nothing but a gunner…sounds familiar.

  25. nokoolaidcowboy - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    He is so delusional.

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