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‘Melo doesn’t want to play power forward. Please.

Oct 10, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

Carmelo Anthony of the US Olympic basket AP

Carmelo Anthony had a lot of success in the London Olympics playing the four spot — he is a matchup nightmare at the power forward spot. He can knock down the three, put the ball on the floor against slower guys and back down smaller defenders in the post. Mike Krzyzewski loved using him in that role.

Now that he’s back in New York, ‘Melo wants to get back to playing the three on the wing. Here is his quote, via ESPNNewYork.com.

“Right now, we have guys in that position. We want to keep it like that,” Anthony said Monday when asked about playing more power forward this year. “I’d rather play my natural position then go down there and play the 4, the 5 and things that I don’t really want to do. So with the guys that we have now, I find that we’re definitely that much more effective.”

Last season, when Amar’e Stoudemire was out, Anthony played more power forward and according to 82games.com had a PER of 29.5 at the four, 17.4 at the three.

I’d like to see a mix, personally. Depends on matchups, but the Knicks could go very small with Amar’e Stoudemire at the five and Anthony at the four (although there would be defensive issues). Or rest Stoudemire and play Anthony at the four with Tyson Chandler at center.

Anthony is going to spend most of his time where he wants, out on the wing. But if the Knicks offense is going to click, Anthony is going to have to trust his teammates, learn how to play nice with Stoudemire and make some sacrifices. Oh, and play some at the four, too.

  1. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Coach Carmelo.

    • thomaskouns - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Exactly.

      Yeah he isn’t technically a four but he always has an excuse.

      First, it’s coach Mike D’s fault.

      Then he publically threatened to ask for a trade when times got tough.

      Next he publically throws Jeremy Lin under the buss to explain away the team’s and his own shortcomings. (Lin though overhyped was by the way was making 20 mill less and was in his second year as an undrafted player)

      Later he says he ‘never had a coach that emphasized defense until Woodson thereby explaining why he never played any).

      Now this. It’s never Carmelo’s fault for anything and he is always trying to play the media to his advantage.

      Surpised he doesn’t get called on it more in the media but most NBA analysts feel ‘pressure’ to prop up the ‘supposed stars’ in the league.

  2. talkingfan - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    One of his biggest problem is, he has no desire to stop anyone from scoring. Dude play some D. Kobe shoot all day , but he stop his man from doing so.

  3. talkingfan - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    One of his biggest problem is, he has no desire to stop anyone from scoring. Dude play some D. Kobe shoot all day , but he stop his man from doing so.

  4. gugurich - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Carmelo’s actually not a bad individual defender. He rarely gets lit up by his man. Watching him more closely last season, I definitely had his lateral quickness underrated. He also uses his great strength to play good post defense. His team defense is what could be better but at the same time, the Knicks finished 5th overall in defense. Melo didn’t sink their D. Could Melo make more of a defensive difference like the peers he’s compared to? Yes but he’s not the liability that he’s made out to be.

    If I were a Melo fanatic, I’d rather see him average over 4 assist a game for the first time in his career. He’s too good of a passer never to have crossed that threshold. I think it’s his offensive approach needs more revamping than his defense. More passes, fewer long twos, improved long-range–he has the ability to be a Finals MVP.

  5. nokoolaidcowboy - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Ok Coach Woodson, you’re up!

  6. qwertify - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    In other words, “I’m not gonna adjust if coach needs me to play four. All I want to do is play three and shoot, shoot, shoot!”

  7. ohsoblessed1 - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    These athletes are so spoiled. We all do things on our jobs that we don’t want to do, but we do them an we don’t make that kind of money playing a game.

    • sellahh - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      You know why you’re not making that kind of money playing a game? Because you’re a whiner, that’s all you are. Having a job doesn’t equal being adult, dude.

      • nokoolaidcowboy - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        sellah, how old are you “dude”? That’s your rebuttal to people is telling them to grow up?

        If it is a sports entertainment industry and they are playing in it, then they are sports entertainers. Why are you taking offense? And yes, entertainers make money. Some more than others.

      • sellahh - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

        its not sports entertainment industry, its sport industry
        these guys couldnt care less about entertaining you, their job is to play basketball
        it’s only your sick concept of who they are and what they do
        dude

    • nokoolaidcowboy - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:51 AM

      True, and how quickly they forget that they are entertainers. Sports entertainers. Just play ball man.

      • sellahh - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        Entertainers are in circus, these guys play for money. Grow up.

  8. polegojim - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Melo is a lazy head case, always been one, always be one.

    C’Mon man… just say it Melo: “I don’t want to play 4 because… I don’t want to work that hard.”

  9. timb12 - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    I thought this guy was going to be more of a team player? Dang Carmelo, that was a pretty quick turn around. One day the Knicks will have a star who just wants to win.

  10. blaksteele - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    If Coach K thinks that you are a matchup nightmare at power foward, why don’t you switch ‘Melo? You got your $$$ already. It’s all about wins now.

    • sellahh - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      Are you possibly serious? Team USA had 1 good and experienced defensive big in Chandler, they went small because that ment having the most available talent on the floor, not because Melo is a better 4 than 3…

  11. isujames - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Soft A$$.

  12. xelcid - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Amare is the four. If Melo says he wants to play the 4, where does that leave Amare? Damn sure not at the 5, because Chandler is needed at the 5, and Amare can’t play the 3.

    I agree that Melo is better at the 4… But as long as you have Amare, you have to do something with him. Too bad they didn’t amnesty him instead of Chauncey. This simply seems like a teammate trying to not step on the toes of another.

    • zerole00 - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      This. Carmelo’s work ethic is questionable, but he’s not the problem in this equation. He can play the 3 or the 4, but Amare doesn’t have this leeway. If Carmelo plays the 4, what is Amare going to do? Considering the amount of money they’re paying him (and it must kill them), they’ve pretty got to let Amare play the 4 and at least be useful. Even if Carmelo’s better at it.

  13. rodge1 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    That’s not the Carmelo I know… Oh wait, it is

  14. papichulo55 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    If the Knicks have any chance at all to make some noise this year, Melo will need to make it work. Stoudmire cannot change, he is what he is. Melo has to be willing to do whatever it takes. He has been saying the right things. If the Knicks are not careful, they could wind being the second best team in NY, and that would be a total disaster for Melo. Cant wait for the season o start!

  15. money2long - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    yes melo is an effective wing player, but acknowledging that he want to let other guys handle the 4 because they have guys that can play there isn’t getting the entire picture. melo can do more. he has the ability to play the four. and unlike the guys on the bench he is referring to that can play the 4, how many of them can face up, jab step, spin off and reverse the layup, but not before forcing some contact and going to the line? melo has the advantage of the more conventional fours (although the idea of a conventional 4 is changing as the game evolves) because he can move quicker while also having the strength to finish on the big boys. he has the scoring touch of a guard and that bodes well for his size when you take it to the block. it’s a high percentage area anyway. i just think melo should take advantage of that. guys like kurt thomas, novak who’ve they discussed playing at pf in spurts, sheed and camby can play power forward, but melo boasts the dexterity and mass to be present as a weapon against opposing bigs.

    some instances i thought of off the top where i feel melo will find imself at pf :
    against the heat to matchup with lbj.
    against the mavs to give dirk some trouble on defense, plus he has the foot speed negating some of dirk’s advantages on offense
    the nuggets could be one, as faried is undersized and sometimes they go with galo at the 4, so it’d be a good matchup with them.

  16. sellahh - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Jesus guys, Knicks have DPOY Chandler at the 5, Amare set at 4 and Camby and Thomas as great defensive big men off the bench. There’s not much time left on the floor for Anthony to play 4 anyways and you’re making it sound like such a big deal.
    You guys talking about basketball being these people’s job… I’m speechless. Wish I could see each and every one of you naysayers at work, would be fun to judge the effort of yours while you’re so good at it.

    • dexterismyhero - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      says the guy typing on a keyboard from work!

      • sellahh - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        Not at all, sir ;)

    • qwertify - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      So let me get this straight.. By the way you speak, you seem to be a working man yourself. An adult am I right? Yet you seem to be butthurt just because some random people criticized your beloved Knicks over the internet. Are you sure you’re not the one who is making this sound like such a big deal?

      • sellahh - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:04 PM

        It’s ‘my’ Lakers, not Knicks. It’s just that most of you here are clueless.

  17. dysraw1 - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    from a health standpoint it makes sense not to tangle with the bigs, if he has the kinda yr. i am hoping for he won’t need to.

  18. eflem80 - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Why should he want to play PF??? Amare still plays for the Knicks….doesn’t he??? He played PF last season ONLY because Amare (the starting PF) was out. He’s a great player so we shouldn’t be amazed by the fact he looked good at that position as well. Doesn’t mean he should now be the starting PF with a healthy Amare on the team…..this is nothing but media BS.

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