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Tyson Chandler isn’t buying ‘Melo scoring less this season

Oct 26, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

Alan Anderson, Carmelo Anthony, AP

Carmelo Anthony is not just going to be a scorer anymore. He’s changed. It’s about team and trust and distributing the rock. That’s what he’s saying, anyway.

“I’m done trying to score 35, 40 points to win the basketball game. I don’t want that role anymore”

You buying that?

Tyson Chandler isn’t. From the Wall Street Journal.

“That’s not going to happen,” Chandler said before he went down with a knee injury in Wednesday’s game. “He has an instinct that only a few players have in this league. His ability to score isn’t a switch you can just turn off. So I expect him to be the same player.”

To start the season, the Knicks are going to need the old shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later Anthony. Amare Stoudemire is out and Chandler is day-to-day and the Knicks need to find offense. While Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith will be there, the offense is running through Carmelo for the first week or so, with him playing more at the four.

The question is which Carmelo Anthony will we see when everyone is healthy?

As ‘Melo is entering his 10th NBA season, I tend to think Chandler is right. He’s not changing now. No matter what he says.

  1. circuscivics - Oct 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Carmelo is a gunner. He is gonna jack up shots ala Allen Iverson. That’s what gunners do. Jordan and Kobe became less of a gunner and facilitated more and their respective teams were better off for it. But they had other parts to their games other than scoring. they were good passers and can defend. Melo, not so much. he is the perennial ball stopper. I was with fomer coach d’antoni all the way. I did not want this guy on the knicks. we would have been better of with the team we had before that trade. but if they wanted to make a splash, they should have went after the guy d’antoni wanted, Derron Williams. I can barely stomach to watch the knicks now because of melo.

  2. nokoolaidcowboy - Oct 26, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Pencil thin mustache – check!

    Smirk – check!

    Sense of entitlement – check!

    Yep, better expect the same ‘ol Carmelo. After 19 years in the NBA and a coach that he prefers (come on, you don’t really believe he is going to listen to Coach Woody…) Anthony is going to do what comes natural to him when he has the rock. Shoot!

  3. money2long - Oct 26, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    i like how tyson put it, as melo having an ‘instinct’..like an animal predator..they just have that instinct to hunt. and i sorta agree with TC due to the mismatch melo can present on most nights.

  4. raycharlesj - Oct 26, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    The saying is you can’t teach in old dog new tricks, and for my 49 years on this earth I truly believed that until this year when I seen an actual old canine learning new tricks he was around 8 years old, so even though it is highly unlikely that Carmelo will change his game it is possible, I never wanted him to change per-say, just add to!!! add more passing, add a little more defense, Dominique Wilkins started adding to his game a little more defense here, a little more passing there, every year at the peak of his career and still never had enough to win it all even though he had plenty of 50plus win seasons, but he sure was fun to watch not winning a championship.

  5. xcastorx - Oct 27, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Kobe and Melo are just the same. All offense No defense.

  6. BigBeachBall - Oct 27, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Kobe was First team defense once upon a time… Way back in the day

  7. dysraw1 - Oct 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    if your missing a million shots, get busy doing other things. if you got it going then by all means go. its that simple with Melo.

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