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Carmelo amazed with LeBron’s run, but says don’t give him MVP yet

Feb 13, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony reacts in front of Los Angeles Clippers Jamal Crawford after three-point shot in NBA game in New York Reuters

Carmelo Anthony is as impressed as everyone else with LeBron James’ historic run — six games in a row with more than 30 points and shooting better than 70 percent overall in that stretch. It’s getting LeBron mentioned in the same breath with Jordan.

Which is jumping the gun a bit. And so is just giving LeBron the MVP award (although he is clearly separating himself from the Kevin Durant right now).

Here is what Carmelo told the New York Post.

“It’s early,” said Anthony…. “It’s All-Star break right now. He’s definitely playing like a Most Valuable Player so we’ll see what happens…

“That’s crazy. What he’s doing right now is unbelievable. He’s scoring 30, 40 points on 11 shots, [shooting] 10-for-12. He’s on an incredible run right now,” Anthony said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

It is possible LeBron is not going to win the MVP award. Not likely, but possible.

But if he doesn’t win it Durant will be the one that does. Anthony is having his best season as a pro but personally I have him behind Chris Paul as well. But the drop off after LeBron and Durant is pretty steep.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    LeBron is to Mozart, as Carmelo is to Salieri

    • miamatt - Feb 13, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      Amadeus! Right on the money with that one…

  2. eventhorizon04 - Feb 13, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    MVP race is too early to call.

    I think roughly around this time of year last season, Durant was ahead of LeBron before OKC went through a rough patch near the end of the regular season, so being ahead at this point doesn’t mean much.

    30 games or so out of 82 is plenty of time for things to change.

  3. allthewaylive1 - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Baring injury LeBron will be the MVP…

    • brutl - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      Hopefully this Freudian slip is not prophetic.

  4. tonystrong - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Knicks are 14-12 in their last 26 games after a 18-6 start in their first 24. I know they lost Felton for a month but that is alarming. Offensively Melo can hold his own with anyone. But in other areas the Deficiency’s in his game are glaring. Defensively he’s given more effort but he still doesn’t have the energy to go hard on both ends for 35-38 minutes a game. As the season wears on you’re seeing Carmelo take defensive possessions off more and more. Kind of defeats the purpose of making a shot if you’re just going to give it back on defense with little effort. Facilitating wise he’s still to greedy to make the extra pass to an open teammate, instead always choosing for that tough shot that only goes in less then half the time. If you want to hold the ball that much, you have to be at least a decent facilitator. Even Iverson and Kobe average(d) 5 assists a game!!!

    Funny thing is, Melo isn’t giving up on his MVP hopes because that’s what he truly wants. Only out of the first round once in his career and that was when Chauncy Billups held his hand to the conference finals. Lebron would have said he didn’t care about MVP’s, not because he has 3 but because it’s all about winning. Melo said like a month, month and a half ago when his MVP talk was at it’s peak that the conference finals would be a successful season for the Knicks. Could you imagine giving this guy 20 mill a year and making the conference finals is a successful year for him?? Lol I couldn’t. But that’s the point, Carmelo hasn’t given up hope on MVP but he has on winning a title. Even if he’s being a realist, superstars don’t talk like that. Kobe is still talking title and look where the Lakers are at lol. That’s the difference between a star and superstar. Melo would be great playing second fiddle somewhere like D’wayne Wade is in Miami. But as long as he’s the top dog in town this is what you get. Accept it!!

  5. toegoat - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    They played like 50 games only “30 or so” games left.

  6. toegoat - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Read that wrong, that is exactly what u said… damn its too early.

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