Tyson Chandler claims he never gets the ball. He doesn’t try to get the ball,” said Boeheim, who coached Chandler when he was a member of the 2012 United States Olympic team. “He had two points and Hibbert had (21). What was the difference in the series? Raymond Felton was 0-for-7. Lance Stephenson had (25) points. They’re going to blame it on Carmelo? I told him when he went to New York, they’re going to blame it on you.
Dear Carmelo Anthony,
I know you use that smirk to deflect your own insecurities about your skills, or lack-thereof, on the basketball court. I know this because I went to high school.
It’s been a trying season for you, Carmelo. With your perpetually pulled groin, endless stream of aphorisms to the media about defense and offensive cohesion to deflect attention away from your stubborn isolation plays during the D’Antoni reign, and stunning refusal to frown when you mess up, its been hard to argue in your favor to other Knicks and Syracuse fans that ask me what’s up with you.
So why do I keep coming back, and defending you to strangers and friends alike?
Your jumper is a thing of perfection, and I’ve seen you go toe to toe with ‘Bron and beat him, straight up. You were the best player on that 2008 Olympic team before everyone looked for Kobe to be Kobe against Spain.
You brought me my only fully joyous moment as a hometown fan when you led Syracuse to an NCAA title in college (I grew up in Rochester, but still).
I thought your dramatic turn in the bootleg Baltimore classic Snitches Get Stitches possessed a level of nuance normally only found in a production like The Artist(iste).
Your marriage to La La Vasquez seems like a natural fit, since you can both blaze in the limo on the way to some BET awards show. Also, rocking sunglasses to cover blurry eyes is OK at a BET awards show (the only other place it’s OK is at LES bar, Donnybrook, on a Friday night when you’re trying to “score chicks mang”)
I have taken all the crap that’s out there about you Carmelo, and I don’t care.
What I do care about is that YOU CARE!
In 40 minutes of action last night, you looked like the Melo of popular lore, but in the end, you reverted back to that which I despise.
You were 17/31 last night and dropped 39 points on the Pacers, but—and there’s always a but with you—you missed two 25-footers with under a minute to play and the Knicks lost.
Danny Granger, ostensibly the small forward you’d be match-up against, had 27 points on almost half as many shots. Paul George also had 18. But neither of those guys really matter in terms of your own performance.
If you had ended with 45 points, and converted those 2 3-pointers inside of a minute, then you’d be the hero and probably put on your placid countenance to affirm your nonchalance in the face of your own greatness. Instead, you missed those 2 3’s and laughed or smirked or giggled your way into the dark place of my heart normally reserved for Derrick Coleman and Billy Owens.
Stop with the smirk man. We all know its a mask, and an unflattering one at that.
When does Jeremy get back?
Have superstar contracts ruined the game of Basketball?
“Today’s NBA culture is largely a question of money. Players like Carmelo now make anywhere from three to six times as much as their highly paid coaches. They are the one percent of their profession. And in sports, just as in politics, the super elite usually get what they want, even if the rest of us don’t.”
-Ari Berman, Carmelo Anthony And The NBA’s One Percent Problem
Photo courtesy of http://dustinpwatson.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/melo.jpg
Watch Carmelo Anthony ball up some hipsters, Dwyane Wade dunk on some degenerates and Chris Paul take on people his own size (tiny).
Jordan Brand and Nike have absolutely owned this lock out. between the viral ads, Nerf shoes and global park league games, they’ve kept basketball fans fed with, well, basketball. They even inspired this awesome t-shirt.
These summer league games that NBA hoopsters are playing in to stay in shape during the lockout are incredible.
Here are highlights from a game between the Melo League vs. the Goodman League that features LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul.
Could you ever envision MLB stars— some of whom won’t even play in a few Baseball World Cup games during the spring — getting together for something like this? No way.
Being a Syracuse alum (‘94), this was one of the most tense and exhilarating moments of my life as a sports fan. A sick first half by freshman Gerry McNamara gave ‘Cuse an 18-point first-half lead against heavily favored Kansas. And we juuust held on, thanks to a monster clutch block from sophomore Hakim Warrick and an all-around solid game from the 2003 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, this guy right here, freshman Carmelo Anthony.
Now waiting for ‘Melo to take me to the promised land again, this time with my hometown New York Knicks.
From Chris Sheridan at ESPN.com:
The offers the Knicks have proposed have always centered around packages including Anthony Randolph, the expiring contract of Eddy Curry and a first-round draft pick they would acquire from a third team, and New York has softened its stance on including forward Danilo Gallinari in a trade.
The most recent obstacle, according to the source, was for the Knicks to use one of those assets, likely Randolph or Gallinari, to acquire a player from a third team that the Nuggets value more highly than either of the Knicks forwards. The source said that obstacle can now be overcome, with the Knicks confident they can get their hands on a player the Nuggets would prefer.
The Knicks would have to part with an additional asset or two to acquire a first-round draft pick to include in any deal with the Nuggets, and one New York player who has increased his value in recent days is backup point guard Toney Douglas, who had 24 points Tuesday against New Jersey after scoring 23 two nights earlier against Washington.
Gallinari and Randolph have both struggled in the preseason. Gallinari followed up his 0-for-7 performance against the Wizards with a 3-for-7 night against the Nets, while Randolph, averaging 11.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in six preseason games, scored 13 points but did not grab a single rebound. Curry, whose $11.3 million salary comes off the cap at the end of this season, has been sidelined for all six exhibition games with a strained right hamstring.
You can read the rest here.
Newsday is also reporting that the Nuggets have softened their stance on trading Melo to NYK, and that the Knicks have continued to have internal discussions about trading for Anthony rather than wait for him to potentially become a free agent.
I’ve been enjoying talking about actual Knicks basketball so much I don’t want to get back into writing posts about rumors all the time, but I can’t just ignore this. That Newsday has some version of the report gives it legs. So here it is.
Breaking: Keving Garnett sued for inappropriate nipple touching at Asian basketball camp.
Noah and Chris Andersen would be on the same team, resulting in the apocalypse. Let’s all pray it doesn’t come to that.
With the ways of (somewhat) stopping ‘Bron and Kobe established, there is only one NBA player who is close to being truly unguardable. His name is Carmelo Anthony.
Many believe that ‘Melo is a one-dimensional player, but that’s far from the truth. ‘Melo has a variety of offensive moves in his arsenal against any defender that dares to challenge. When it comes to playing against bigger defenders, ‘Melo likes to use his patented jab step in order to create space for his smooth jump shot. He’s already established himself as the best offensive player in the NBA, and his jump shot is nearly automatic. Smaller players don’t stand a chance against ‘Melo’s size and power on the block. His ability to post up is one of his most underrated traits. When it comes to drawing a foul, ‘Melo is one of the best in the League at making contact. He ranked fifth in free throw attempts last season with 8.9 per game behind the likes of Kevin Durant, LeBron, Dwight Howard and Dwyane Wade.