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Carmelo Anthony: “We’re not playing worth a [expletive] right now”

Nov 17, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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Saturday night the Atlanta Hawks became the fifth team already this season to come into Madison Square Garden and thump the Knicks, beating them 110-90. No team has more losses at home this season than New York, who is 3-6 overall to start the season.

Once again, without Tyson Chandler the Knicks defense was softer in the middle than a Twinkie. Once again, the offense wasn’t able to compensate for that. It’s early, but right now they don’t look like a playoff team, let alone a contender.

Carmelo Anthony is fed up. He vented after the game, ripping the Knicks effort, as reported by the New York Post.

“I’m disappointed in all our effort,” Anthony said. “We’re not getting it done from an effort standpoint. It’s like we’re not even trying right now.

“We can’t worry about the boos. We got to play harder. We’re not playing worth a [expletive] right now….

“It’s surprising. To come into the season with a mindset of being better than we were last year and to be where we’re at right now. I know it’s 3-6, but we got to turn this around quickly. It’s a nasty feeling within the team.”

The Knicks need a shakeup, and with James Dolan as the owner predicting what they will do next is impossible. That is why the Iman Shumpert trade rumors have to be given some validity.

Another problem has been J.R. Smith — he was 3-of-18 shooting overall, 1-of-9 from three against the Hawks Saturday. In his four games back (following off-season knee surgery and a five-game drug suspension, he is shooting 22.6 percent overall and 26.9 percent from three. He has admitted he is playing like, well, organic fertilizer.

So maybe he shouldn’t start. Coach Mike Woodson says he is re-evaluating Smith as a starter.

All the words from Anthony are nice, but is he really the guy that can lead a defensive renaissance on this team? Until Chandler returns the Knicks need more defensive effort, but they also are going to need a lot more points.

  1. crownmethegoat - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    dysfunction at its finest, there is just a point where u tear it all down and rebuild, cause with that payroll, being mediocre is unacceptable

  2. zickhead - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if they blame this on Mike Woodson and fire him. Certainly can’t be Melo’s fault.

    • khadeemw - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      or its maybe its a combination of both…woodson has questionable rotations and lineup combinations…then he allows there to be 6 or 7 possessions in a row in which they just isolate melo…he gets on shumpert, but he gives hardaway playing time….also melo keeps complaing but his flaws/limitations are a hindrance to the team…as a “leader” he should be making his team better

    • antistratfordian - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      Woodson should probably be fired anyway.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    For them to give up EASY layups for half of Atlanta’s points… that’s all you need to know about how this league-worst defense is playing. Abominable to watch this team.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      Right,

    • lowpostfootwork - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      That’s because Raymond Felton is TOO FAT to guard anyone.

  4. sportsfan18 - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    I don’t know why Knicks fans would want Melo to resign for 5 yrs at like $129 million…

    While he is very good, he’s overrated. He isn’t very good at defense and he only scores a lot of points because he shoots a lot. He takes a quarter of the teams field goal attempts and his true shooting percentage hasn’t been good, isn’t good and won’t be good during the balance of his career.

    For $23 million plus dollars, MORE than one third of the salary cap, a team should expect more. They should expect an efficient offensive player who also plays at least average defense.

    • topdawg4ever - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      Yup. Melo is actually becoming a hinderence to the team. He refuses to play defense, won’t pass the ball, takes ill-advised shots and disrupts the offensive flow. I say give Amare more minutes and bench Carmelo.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Okay, so say they let Melo walk – who do they turn to? They don’t want another decade of Eddy Currys and Nate Robinsons and Jamal Crawfords; endless 20-30 win seasons.

      A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. So I’d hold on to Melo unless you’re guaranteed of acquiring something like Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook or LeBron James.

      • sportsfan18 - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:23 AM

        Well so many talk about the curse of being good enough to make the playoffs but not being good enough to do anything once they make the playoffs.

        That’s where the Knicks are. A good yr for them this yr will simply be making the 2nd round of the playoffs.

        Spending more than a third of the teams cap on a volume scorer who doesn’t play defense and has never taken a team to where they want to go for the next five yrs just doesn’t seem like the way to go if they are actually trying to win it all.

        Now, if they want to be middling, have some star power, fill seats and claim to be trying well then go ahead and re-up for 5 more yrs of the same old same old.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        The grass is never greener on the other side with the Knicks. And there are worse things than always making the playoffs – i.e. never making the playoffs.

        And teams can win with volume scorers and with stars that don’t play defense – you just have to know how to build a team around them.

        But the Knicks haven’t had a star like Melo since Ewing, and before him Bernard King – and Melo came in and got them their first playoff series win in how long? 13 years. Also their first 50+ win season in 13 years. And they’re supposed to dismissively toss him aside because of what….? Because his 23.0 PER is not as good as Durant’s 26.0 PER?? I really don’t get the thinking here. You act like the Knicks have such a rich and inviting winning culture that they can afford to kick players like Melo to the curb for not being as good as Magic or Bird.

        They need to hang on to Anthony for dear life.

  5. vi3tguy415 - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    That’s why I don’t really watch my lakers n Knicks anymore. At least this season. It’s stressful. Believe in what you want but this is a loss season. The Knicks need some tough guys like those 90s . Ewing, sprewell, mason, etc. ahh the good old days.

    • imakcds - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      REAL Laker Fans DON’T jump ship, NEVER stop cheering our team on.
      YOU DISGUST ME.

      • vi3tguy415 - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        Shut ur mouth. Did I jump ship? Read idiot. Stop watching this season means I jumped ship?

      • dunkmann - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        I was a Lakers fan for a quarter century and I JUMPED SHIP a decade ago. When they shipped Shaq out and handed the team to Kobe.

        And now they choose to keep old, crippled Kobe over Dwight?

        There are lots of morons in the world, so Lakers fan base is still strong.

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        You mad bros.

  6. lastdukestreetking - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Melo is a great #2 guy who wants to be The Man.

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 17, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      Bingo.

      But he’s paid like the man. He came into the league with LeBron and he’s made more in career earnings in their 10 plus seasons to date, makes more this yr and if Melo resigns with New York for the max, he’ll continue to make more than LeBron for the next 5 seasons after this one too, meaning that in their first 16 seasons at least, he will have earned more than LeBron.

      Yes, LeBron took a bit less to win championships…

      Maybe Melo will buy someones championship ring off of Ebay, you know one of those older retired greats who needs the money and sells off their mementos and such…

      • topdawg4ever - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        That’s the only way he’ll see a ring- buying one on ebay.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:20 PM

        Melo is just accepting what teams are offering him – how can you blame him for that?

        And we’ve all seen Melo win games in very dominant “the man” fashion – but we’ve also seen him struggle with shot selection and defense etc (happens to the best of them). He’s not the most efficient, but he’s still a handful and a threat to go off at any moment. He’s basically a poor-man’s Kobe. There are worse things.

      • sportsfan18 - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:29 AM

        antistratfordian

        Did LeBron simply accept what other teams were offering him? No he did not and he now has a couple of rings to show for it.

        Did Dwight Coward simply accept what teams were offering him? No, he took a lot less than what the Lakers offered him to go elsewhere. Now I’m not going to comment about his and Houston’s title chances…

        But there ARE other players who have made other choices. Melo could go elsewhere, somewhere better to chase a ring OR he could take a bit less and try to get others to come and join him the way D. Wade did when he took less to be able to fit Bosh and LeBron in on the team.

        I don’t see Melo taking less from the Knicks to try and land others the way D. Wade did.

        But I do see Melo whining and crying in yrs to come about how they are playing crappy… as he has to sound tough for the fans and all.

        Can really tell the Knicks are trying to win when they gave a roster spot to J.R. Smiths brother.

  7. maddogg911 - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Please stay in NY. We don’t want you in LA

  8. chargerdillon - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    The knock on Melo has always been he’s a great scorer who doesn’t play good defense.

    That seems to describe exactly what we saw in Denver and what we now see in New York. You can bring in championship-level defenders but if the leader of your team does not have that mindset….well you get Melo.

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      I’d argue he isn’t a great scorer. He scores a lot because he shoots a lot. A truly great scorer would score easily, efficiently.

      I mean, at the county fair, you get 2 or 3 tosses to knock down things. Melo needs like 22 chances to knock them down.

      If one only scores a lot of points simply because they shoot so much, they really aren’t a great scorer.

  9. dunkmann - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Team leader who plays no D is surprised the peons don’t wanna play any D.

    Shocker..

  10. monkeyhateclean - Nov 17, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    New York is a horrible place to live, so I’m not even mad at all the downvotes this will get from its self-hating residents.

    Only the worst players should be condemned to play there, and hear the boos from their terrible fans at New York’s waste treatment plant AKA Madison Square Garden.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      Crappy restaurants, lousy museums, no art, and a bunch of white trash. Yep, New Yawk sucks!

      • monkeyhateclean - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        Sing it, my brotha!

  11. oasis511 - Nov 17, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    I watched two Knicks games this week and really focused in on Melo. Against the Rockets, he was aggressive and scored a lot of points, but there were so many little mistakes that cost him. At the end of the first quarter, he shot a turnaround jumper with 6 seconds left on the clock instead of holding for the last shot. The Rockets ended up getting Garcia open for a buzzer beater 3 to end the quarter. At one point Melo was playing weak side defense with Howard double teamed on the strong side. Melo just stood near the basket and watched as Chandler Parsons cut down the lane. He made no attempt to cut off the pass, and then when Parsons went up for the layup he made a half-hearted block attempt. And then there was his attempt at hack-a-Howard even though they had already passed the 2-minute mark.

    In the game against Atlanta, I would say 50-60% of his shot attempts were 20-foot jumpers, the most inefficient shot in the game. Dribble, dribble…shoot. No flow to the game, no aggressiveness, but they got the win because he finally made a few shots in the last quarter. The rest of the team would shoot better if they had better ball movement, but that won’t happen with Melo.

    • oasis511 - Nov 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Also against the Rockets, when he thought Greg Smith fouled him, he turned and tried to talk to the referee, while Houston was already at the other end and managed to get Jeremy Lin an open jumper. Very little basketball IQ in trying to complain to the ref instead of playing defense.

      • sportsfan18 - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:32 AM

        He does that A LOT. So many times when he thinks he was fouled, even if he isn’t trying to talk to the ref, he stands there with a pained look on his face, his hands up while the other 9 players on on the other side of the court or at least on their way down there.

        He’s very good at this.

  12. jimeejohnson - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Cantun*a*s bound for Loserland. Enjoy!

  13. misterdreamer119 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    He had a ring from Syracuse when Jerry Macnamara made a bunch of 3s.
    Bottom line is I wouldnt want this guy on my team until he starts playing defense.

  14. drewzducks - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Poor little Spikey. Forty years and counting.

  15. pistolpete0903 - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    A memo to Melo: look at the person you see in the mirror.
    An absolute disgrace on the defense. Also, can’t be a shooter alone; he has to create some shots for his team mates.

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