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Carmelo’s Defining Moment as a Pro
The media and fan frenzy for Melo’s first press conference and game at the World Most Famous Arena was Game 7 like magic.It was only a regular season game against the Milwaukee Bucks but, if there was a news or media outlet located in New York, they were in tuned or present at the introductory press conference.After all, a star came to the Knicks.Not any star, Carmelo Anthony who is arguably one of the toughest offensive NBA players in the game today.Not many if any posses the overall offensive package that Melo has.He can score in the low block, he can catch and shoot.He can shoot 3′s and can make free throws.He’s basically un-guardable.
So why all the fuss about Melo possibly being a disruptive force when he comes back from a groin injury that has caused him to miss the past 7 games?Well because without a legitimate point guard to run Coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense, Melo was forced to play a point forward role; something he’s not very comfortable doing.And mostly because Melo’s style of play is as an isolation player, that style calls for him to hold the ball and stop the flow of ball movement.
The Knicks at press time are winners of 8 of their last 10 games behind the magical play of Jeremy Lin.When Melo went down, the Knicks were 8-15 and heads were rumored to be rolling sooner rather than later.But, the team found life within itself and now they are hovering around the .500 mark at 16-17.
Can Melo find his rhythm in this type of offense, where he will have opportunities to do a lot of catching and shooting and moving without the ball or will his old habits die-hard?The whole world is watching and waiting to see.And the problem with that is there will be so much pressure on him now that if he was to miss 2 shots in a row in the now immediate future, he runs the risk of being booed and booed heavily.
Carmelo is a bright and articulate young man and not known as a disruption of any kind in the locker-room.He has his way about him, but who on this earth doesn’t?So, there is hope with all hope that Melo will do the right thing and buy into the team concept and continue to get his 25 points per game, but doing with within the flow of the offense.
KNICK KNOTES:Knicks fell to the New Jersey Nets, 100-92 in Melo’s return to the lineup.Melo was a bit rusty as he went 4-11 and had six turnovers in 37 minutes.Jeremy Lin nearly had a triple double, 21 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds.He would foul out of the game and so did Deron Williams who went 8 for 13 from 3-point land and finished with 38 points.Knicks as a team shot only 24 percent from 3-point land.Baron Davis also made his Knicks debut, playing 10 minutes and finishing with 3 points.
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