Melo Found His Groove Back During Stretch Run

By Jerald Levon Hoover BASN Staff Writer
Updated: April 16, 2012

Amare returns Wednesday

Amare returns Wednesday

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)”Yes, it is being said in some circles that Carmelo Anthony didn’t play hard for former Coach Mike D’Antoni.But, what is not being said is that under the former coach the offense that he was put in was more of a ball mover and jump-shot shooter.That isn’t a bad offense to be in when everyone touches the ball and your team is scoring at a consistent rate.The problem however can mount when there isn’t a clear cut ‘go to’ guy at the end of close games.

If you’re Carmelo Anthony and you’ve subjugated to being a passer and facilitator instead of the wrecking ball Top Five in the League offensive juggernaut, then you’re not going to be comfortable.

Melo has been labeled as a ball stopper with his propensity for isolation.But although that may have some merit to it, Melo is far from a selfish, ‘me, me’ player.He is a willing passer and a deft passer as well.He can board with the best of him as a small forward and is more than adequate as a rebounder playing the power forward position.

What Mike Woodson did was put Melo back into his office.He put Melo back on the block where he can touch the ball early and often and make plays for himself and or for his teammates.Once he’s into the groove of the game then he’s able to beat you down with his patented 15-footer from the right side.And for good measure, he’s able to float out to the 3-point line and handle business like a money making CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

All told, Melo is doing what he’s being paid to do; score a lot of points and come up big in the clutch.He’s averaged over 30 points per game for the past 10 games and his attention to detail on defense has improved drastically.That’s why it’s called a team sport; for you need a coach and players to be on the same page.

KNICKS KNOTES:Knicks lost against the Heat 93-85 despite Carmelo Anthony’s 42 points and 9 rebounds.But, before that loss the Knicks pounded the Washington Wizards by 38 points and they beat the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee to go up 2 games for the final Playoff spot.With the loss to the Heat, the Knicks are now 9 – 1 at home under Mike Woodson.Amare Stoudemire is expected to make his return Wednesday April 18th against the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Jerald L. Hoover

Jeraldhoover@blackathlete.com