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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. namriverrat69 - Aug 4, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    LA Kings
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  2. learningtosamba - Aug 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Melo should stay quiet on this one. It’s a lose-lose for him. Until he ever wins anything in the NBA, people will see him as a loser. That is reality.

  3. aldavis4president - Aug 4, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Melo iz a baller!! he needs a pg who he can trust handling the rock! Him and Chauncey worked great together and only reason he didnt advance more in the playoffs was because of Kobe and co. Ppl quit hating on melo!! He is the best offensive player In the league! No not Durant or LeBron..MELO! inside outside post up face up you name it he’ll do it.

  4. opshuns - Aug 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    I wasn’t aware that Linsanity was in Denver?

  5. diablito0402 - Aug 5, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Carmelo is shinning in USA basketball, why? Because he is not the first option, the ball is moving and he gets good looks. He aint holding it for 20 secs at a time..

  6. adk77 - Aug 5, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    Well, maybe he’s correct, maybe he isn’t, but he has the upcoming season to show us (again) what kind of player he is. A lot of eyes will be on him now that the Brooklyn team is up and running.

  7. ocgunslinger - Aug 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Carmelo Anthony. Keep him around so we all have a reason to smile when the Knicks lose.

  8. badintent - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    I’ve rented a 300 Ton crane to lift Melo’s crap ! End of story. Melo is this generation’s Barkley, great scorer, No D and locker room poison.

  9. jea1117 - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    OK lets stop scraping on melo, he is hands down top 5 player in the NBA. he might not ever when a ring, but there are many of the great players in NBA history that never one a ring. he’s a good guy and plays at a high level. I enjoy watching his game. and if we just talk about rings then it down plays the 82 games that fans like myself enjoy to go see. every one wants a ring but enjoy the sport instead of nitpicking the athletes

  10. niko808 - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Melo was a hog long before he got to NYC…

  11. hahapapa - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    LMAO.. Melo is far removed from reality. get real Mellow.

  12. davidcl77 - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    When I see a player holding the ball, then pulling the trigger every time, I call that selfish.
    He also doesn’t give a crud about playing defense.
    I will visit you Carmelo lovers in here next May when he leads his team to a first or second round (at most) exit.

  13. wayneli888 - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Frankly, Melo is good (sometime great) scorer, that’s about it. He is pretty bad in all other category including PR talking. For his own good, he really needs to shut up about the Linsanity-Melo thing now, otherwise he will continue doing damage to his image.

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