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Kevin Durant says Carmelo Anthony can have scoring title

Apr 4, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

US forward Carmelo Anthony (R) celebrate Getty Images

With two weeks left in the NBA season, Kevin Durant is on the verge of his fourth consecutive NBA scoring title — he is averaging 28.3 points a game.

But with 90 points in his last two games (on 60 percent shooting), Carmelo Anthony has moved close to taking the lead — he’s at 28.1 points per game. (Kobe Bryant is third at 27; he’s not catching them.)

So is Durant protective of his crown? No, pretty much the opposite he told Jeff Caplan of NBA.com.

“He can have it,” Durant said flatly after OKC’s Thursday morning shootaround….

“I mean the stuff he’s doing right now, every time he touches the ball it looks like it’s going to go in,” Durant said. “He’s having a nice run right now and his confidence is high. I’m sure he’s going to take over. If it happens, cool.”

If Durant wins this year he joins a club with Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain of players to win it more than three years in a row. Which considering this is just Durant’s sixth NBA season is ridiculous. And it’s not like Durant is going to try to tank it here, he wouldn’t mind winning.

But what Durant really wants is a postseason run and a ring. Durant came close last year and

Anthony, who has a trophy case of personal accomplishments but not many playoff wins, is more focused on the postseason as well. Leading New York deep into the playoffs — the Eastern Conference finals and beyond — would help grow his reputation and legacy as a leader not just a scorer.

  1. circuscivics - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    That’s all Carmelo cares about anyway. He would rather have a scoring title than a championship.

    • circuscivics - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      I think Bruce Bowen made a good point yesterday on the Cowherd radio show. Melo hasn’t added anything to his game since he came into the NBA. He makes no one better. LeBron, Durant, Kobe, Wade, Duncan, Parker, and Paul all make their teammates better players.

      • hartdaddy - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        He’s constantly drawing double teams moron, that opens the floor for other people around him to score easily. Do you not know anything about basketball? Any player who commands a double team or else situation automatically makes the game easier for his team. How the Hell does Tim Duncan make Tony Parker or Manu or even Splitter better? This logic that if a guy doesn’t fill a stat sheet it means they’re one dimensional is borderline retarded. Anybody who’s seen Anthony play knows he’s a great passer & a great rebounder. He doesn’t over inflat those numbers because his doesn’t need him to do all that other stuff. If you don’t like the guy just say so & Bruce Bowen needs to shut the hell up, period.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        Stop parroting nonsense. He clearly paves the way for JR, Felton, Shump and even Novak to get open looks, because of the attention he garners. He is an excellent passer. Quoting statistics (which is something that seemingly only LeBron worshipers love to do) doesn’t tell the whole story. Just like the things that Martin and Chandler do don’t always show up in the box score, the passes that Melo makes that leads to the extra pass resulting in an open look or a back door cut don’t show up in the assist category.

        But then again, you can tell who watches the Knicks more than once a month apart from those who watch every game. No one can watch every Knicks game and make this statement without laughing at themselves for their folly.

      • jolink653 - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        I think that’s really unfair to say…How do you measure something like that? It’s such a subjective view…He’s probably the best offensive player in the league, #1 or #1A with Durant, and he draws a lot of double-teams, leaving others open to drive down the lane…He’s consistently taking on the other team’s best defender, leaving his other teammates with open looks, he can rebound when necessary, and has shown the ability to be a point forward…And how can you include Wade in that group? When has he ever made anyone better when he didn’t have Shaq or Lebron to help him? The Knicks greatly benefit from having him on the floor

      • projectpaki - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

        Lebron, Parker, and Paul are the only guys on that list that truly make their teammates better, and 2 of those guys are point guards, they’re supposed to set their teammates up. And Lebron practically plays point forward half the time. Melo is an incredible offensive player, and besides defense and crashing the boards (which both have improved this yr) why would you want him to do anything else?

      • sportsnut101 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        who has Kobe made better. No1 shaq made them all better on lakers.

        Who has dwade made better. It’s lebron who makes that team go

        Durant didn’t make anyone better Westbrook n harden already are good Rest of team sucks.

        Melo has made jr smith better by becoming melo 2.0 lol

        I like tony Parker but he played with Duncan n Manu Hard to say he made them better

        Ur statement makes no sense.

    • ketter8 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      I disagree with you for what I seen so far this dude wants a champion ring bad and is willing to do whatever it takes even if taling constructive critizem from his coaches. He gave too much of himself to this team and he needs more credit than that.

  2. hartdaddy - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Neither player cares about this stuff. Melo deserves one though, it’ll atleast be something people can stop knocking the guy for never doing. Saying a guy only won “one scoring title” or that a guy has “only been outta the first round twice” doesn’t roll off the tounge as well.

  3. elcapitanfiscal - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    That’s all melo is ever going to win..he’s not a team player..took him 7 years in the NBA to start playing defense, even then he still slacks off in that department..

  4. asublimeday - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    The Knicks in the ECF? Thanks for the laugh.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    I don’t care about the scoring title, especially at the detriment of other guys who we will need (JR, and Felt — at times — as well as Stoudemire, if he comes back) in order to advance deeply. Melo can take us far, but when he scores 40+, other guys don’t get into rhythm well enough to get going when he inevitably gets doubled.

  6. bux1022 - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    @hartdaddy

    Stick to NASCAR. You obviously don’t watch much Bball!

  7. bux1022 - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    @ the cheep captain

    Another NASCAR viewer. Melo took Denver deep in the playoffs every year he was there. Stop the hating. And if u are then at least sprinkle in some facts!

    • mojowheelz - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      Talk about not knowing the facts…selfish Melo only got the Nuggets out of the first round once. That’s why it was no big deal to let him go and get some players in return. The Nuggets can get booted in the first round without him, but won’t this year because they throw two solid lines at teams and never let them breath. The real joke are the bozos who think he makes other players better by drawing double teams…it never helps his teammates because he never passes the ball out to them. Melo is the black hole of basketball, the ball goes in but NEVER comes out. The reason his last two games have been good is because those teams did not double team him, and even though I think he is a bad teammate, he is the best scorer in the league right now.

  8. geosoul3 - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    People fail to realize that Melo has always been a winner. Even going all the way to college where he lead his team on winning a “national championship”, as a freshman. He has been to the playoffs every year of his career and was practically a game from the NBA finals when he was in Denver. He is a leader. His hard work and his effort is what make is teamates better…He may not fill up the stat sheet like Lebron, but every night he comes out and sets the tone for his teammates. I bet if you ask any of the players themselves that they would vouch for him. Bruce Bowen knows nothing about Carmelo Anthony. He’s just mad because he couldn’t guard Melo. (Haha)

  9. jjones314 - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    No one can stop Melo offensively. Period. That’s just a fact. Now it’s time for him and his team to have some post-season success. Melo’s gotta carry his team and he can do it.

    The Knicks have a solid squad. It’s time for Melo to get it done in the playoffs. If he gets the scoring title along the way, well so be it. Playoff success gotta come first though.

  10. iansmith559 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    According to these posts, it’s okay to be JUST a scorer and be consider a superstar! Lets be real , Melo refuses to play D, refuses to hustle and takes tons of bad shots . Melo is a great scorer but he is by no means a great basketball player.

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      How much have you watched him this season? Because he made big strides in those things and you sound stuck in the past.

  11. dysraw1 - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    scoring titles are not really relevant when it comes down to the big picture but i won’t be mad if he wins it especilly if he plays like this week completely within the flow of the game.

  12. biggame28 - Apr 5, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    the Knicks are gonna get bounced early so take the scoring title.

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