Melo says Knicks’ off-court issues will influence free agency decision

Adam Zagoria

Carmelo Anthony told reporters in Miami that the Knicks’ off-court issues, as well as their on-the-court struggles, will factor into his free agency plans this summer.

“Off the court, on the court, just a lot of things going to have to be put all on the table,” Anthony said Thursday in advance of tonight’s game against the Miami Heat, according to Frank Isola.

“A lot of things are going to be thought about when that time comes.”

Not much has gone right for the Knicks (21-36) this season, and that doesn’t bode will Anthony set to opt out this summer.

The Knicks enter tonight’s game five games back of the No. 8 seed in an Eastern Conference in which only five teams are over .500.

They have no draft pick in the loaded NBA Draft, meaning no chance to draft a young point guard like Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis or Australia’s Dante Exum to replace the embattled Raymond Felton.

They are locked into the salaries of Andrea Bargnani, Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire through the summer of 2015, at which point Anthony will be 31.

With the summer looming and the Knicks on the verge of missing the playoffs, he must decide whether to stay in New York and make $129 million over five years or depart of the Lakers, Chicago or elsewhere for $96 million over four.


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

253 comments
towlie22
towlie22

Nice of Melo to bring this up after the trade deadline. 

sir_manolo
sir_manolo

I know everyone hates on Jimmer cause he's not a great defender, but I think he would have provided a huge spark to this lineup, all those corner 3's that Shump has been missing all season, Jimmer would hit with ease. Melo needs to be surrounded by shooters, that's why Novak was so huge for us, when Woodson played him of course.

I really hope the Knicks don't miss out on Jimmer.... I would even prefer Bobby Brown over Shannon Brown, because he is more of a pg.

But i guess we'll see tonight. With these guys being on a 10 day contract, Woody kind of has to throw them to the wolves and give them playing time...

sir_manolo
sir_manolo

I'MA SAY IT NOW, THE ONLY WAY THE KNICKS ARE KEEPING MELO IN NY IS IF THEY HAND THIS FRANCHISE OVER TO PHIL JACKSON AND HIRE HIM AS THE HEAD COACH AND GM!!!!

otherwise he is off to LA, CHICAGO, OR MIAMI!!!!

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

Metta

“There were times when me and Kobe (Bryant) would be yelling at each other,” Metta said. “I once told the greatest player ever, ‘You suck.’ Our practices got intense and the next day we’d go out and take it out on the other team.

“But here we are more cautious. In practice with the Knicks I would address some of the issues we were having because I wanted to win. I didn’t hold back. I addressed it. I won’t tell you what it was. But there is a more cautious atmosphere in New York. The players have to be meaner than the media and the fans. You’ve got to be more aggressive and meaner.”

“Kobe doesn’t give a (bleep), he just wants to win,” Metta said. “Melo needs to be more demanding and he needs to see results. The only difference between him and Kobe is that Kobe saw results. When Kobe said something people did that (stuff). Carmelo has no choice but to make it his personality because he’s a great player. There are not too many guys like him.”

Metta says he enjoyed playing for Woodson but says the Knicks’ coach needs to “learn how to tell people to shut the hell up. He’s too receptive to opinions.” In fact, Metta believes Woodson can learn a lesson or two from Dolan, whom Metta enjoyed working for.

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

Phil Jack again  "Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can't stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kinda blend that group together."

knickstape
knickstape

I would hope if Melo was planning on leaving he would've said something to ownership before the dealing so they could've trade him before the deadline, but who knows maybe he wants to pull a Dwight Howard and make everybody hate him.



Kvdaone
Kvdaone

Walt Clyde Frazier

“I think their window is a two-year window right now,” he said of the Knicks’ chances at a championship. “They have to capitalize right away…

“They better forget last year and do whatever it takes,” Frazier said of Anthony and Stoudemire. “They have to look at Miami and what LeBron James was able to do, Carmelo especially because James became the consummate player — defense, passing and whatever else it took for that team to get a championship.”

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

Perhaps with his 29th birthday celebration this week, Carmelo Anthony should treat himself to Phil Jackson's book, "Sacred Hoops."

That's what Jackson hopes Melo, whom he called a "terrific player," purchases to learn what it takes to become an NBA champion.

"He's one step away from getting there and having that opportunity," Jackson said on Thursday during an interview on Bloomberg Radio's "Taking Stock" with Pimm Fox and Carol Massar. "Having had [a championship] as an NCAA player, it's something he must crave."

In "Sacred Hoops," Jackson describes coaching the greatest player ever, who also needed some motivation from the "Zen Master" himself.

"It's a book in which I address the fact that Michael Jordan's a leading scorer, he's got the capability of being a terrific scorer," Jackson said, "but that he's got to get his other teammates involved and he's got to make it a team game."

barnaby87
barnaby87

Look on the bright side, if he leaves, we'll have all the cap room in the world in 2015 in addition to a top-tier first rounder considering we'll be pitiful next year.

chudogz
chudogz

All these changes coach WoodRow has been making, because we stink so bad, are definitely gonna get us into the playoffs!!!!!.................. SAID NO ONE EVER

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

I LOVE Carmelo Anthony. I've been watching him since college. Loved him in Denver and was BEYOND ecstatic when the Knicks got him. He is a beast and I do think people in NY take him for granted to an extent. 


With that said, he is not perfect. I can understand when people say Melo has one more step to go before reaching the pinnacle of his abilities. IMO, the two things he can improve on are: consistency and trust. There isn't anything Carmelo cannot do on the court. I honestly feel Carmelo could easily average 28 (or more), 10, and 5 every game. There are games where you can see his approach is a little different...he feels the game. That's when we see those amazing passes from Melo...the way he directs the game is beautiful. Then there are games where he doesn't really do this or he doesn't do it to the full extent of his capabilities. 


Trust is harder because it takes more than just Melo. Every player on our team other than Melo is underperforming. He does set them up with good shots and sometimes they miss because they are inconsistent players. When Melo drives to the basket, everyone knows he's looking to score...that is why he can get blocked by a Hibbert or anyone else so often. If he drove and passed it off more often, he would have better looks at the hoop because the D would be a bit off-guard. (This is not to say he doesn't pass...I mean in that specific scenario) Now, the team has to help him and cut to the basket or just move in general. Defenses load up on Melo while the rest of our guys bunch up in a corner...how easy is that to guard? Melo creates best from the block...when he posts up, he draws the double almost every time and more often than not, he's also looking to move it. Sometimes those lead to direct assists and sometimes they don't. 


With all that said, Melo is a fantastic player. The people that compare him to Lebron are the same people that say he's no Lebron. So stop comparing him to Lebron!! 

Ryan Carr
Ryan Carr

@sir_manolo Jimmer is a very good shooter, but I think you are overrating him. He does not move well without the ball, and is not really a catch and shoot type player that the Knicks need. He needs the ball in his hands to score, preferring to shoot off the dribble. The problem is, he isn't a great dribbler, and has a hard time creating separation. While he is probably a better offensive option than Shump at this point, he is a sieve on defense.


That being said, why not sign him? Is there that much of a reason NOT to take a flier on him?

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@sir_manolo hes not goin anywhere. Wade n Bosh are not opting out so thats impossible. No way he goes to play with Dantoni again and i dont believe there is any star who will go play with Knee Rose until he has a healthy season......Melo is just pushin for the org to get right. He has integrity. Hes not a team hopper....NYK is his team

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

Hes sayin in short....the Knicks are soft and they need to be babied. Melo is not demanding like most leaders....which he should be

redhorse
redhorse

Did he just say that?? This is y we need a coach that teaches this...cuz its like the knicks are playing pickup bball no game plan whatsoever

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Jerry Gee No because Melo doesn't have someone on his team that plays with a mask.......oh wait  lol

barnaby87
barnaby87

@Jerry Gee No.  If I had to guess, I'd assume Shannon Brown and Earl Clark will be playing tonight....(if you get my gist)

chudogz
chudogz

@ SheSaidSpikeWho. Well said... I'm a huge Melo fan, also a Syracuse fan. Melo is in a lose lose situation, especially on this blog... If he passes (to Jarred Jeffries) he shoulda shot..... If he shoots n misses, oh, he shoulda had trust in his teammates and passed..... If he had some real pieces around him, like the Olympics or All Star game, we would see a whole different player.... He does need to work on his defense, and if he's gonna play point/forward at times, (which I don't like), then he needs to work on his handle also!!!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@SheSaidSpikeWho I'd like to compare him to Alan Houston because he at least helped get us to the NBA Finals.

I'd like to compare him to John Starks because he too got us within a whisper of a ring.


And I surely like to stop comparing him to RalheAL Harrington due to both being good scorers and making bonehead mental mistakes in key moments. Let it be known though, I think Melo is a better scorer though

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@SheSaidSpikeWho i dont agree fully. I love Melo as well but he does not make his teammates better. You are a leader so you find a way to use what you have. Why is it that the oldest players leave and all of a sudden we have a horrible record? answer, bcuz they have high IQs. They know how to squeeze the best out of bad situations. Thats what GREAT players do

chudogz
chudogz

@ Kiyan Carter. EXACTLY.... People, we gotta realize, he has FELTON, SHUMP, CHANDLER N STAT on the floor..... 4 people that everyone on here constantly criticize, including myself!!! So how the hell is he gonna make Fatboy n Shump shoot the ball well, and stat to be able to stop getting swatted on a nightly basis, and Chandler to go to the dam gym n learn one friggin offensive move???? Am I missing something people??

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@SheSaidSpikeWho when we make comparisons its to show the difference in good players and truly elite players. Everyone on espn says Melo does not do the little things. The commentators say it, the coaches say it, the analysts say it....is everybody wrong or is the love for Melo blinding certain facts

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Kvdaone @SheSaidSpikeWho Stats disprove what you say about not making teammates better.



Chris Herring         @HerringWSJ Follow

Per Synergy, Melo's passes to spot-up shooters out of double-teams have led to an 77.3% effective field-goal rate -- best in the NBA


In fact, this is true of almost every Nugget who has played a  sufficient number of minutes with Anthony. I identified 16 players who have accumulated least 2,000 minutes with the Nuggets in years when Anthony was on the team, and have also played at least 2,000 minutes in the N.B.A. without Anthony (either because they were playing for a different team or because they were on the Nuggets before Anthony’s rookie season). All but 2 of the players – Marcus Camby and Voshon Lenard – posted a higher TS% playing with Anthony than without him, and on average, he improved his teammates’ TS% by 3.8 points (to 55.0 percent from 51.2 percent).

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@xmenreturn @SheSaidSpikeWho  The thing is, he never really did that (bringing the ball up) prior to D'Antoni and Woody so it makes me wonder if it is all him or is it part of the "offense".

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@SheSaidSpikeWho Once again, that's b-ball IQ.  Melo plays 46 mins per game it seems and he waste energy trying to bring the ball up.  

In the 4th qtr he has Felton speed! 

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Jerry Gee  I don't like Melo bringing up the ball all the time either. I don't mind it here and there but nowhere near as often as he does now. 

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Kvdaone @SheSaidSpikeWho  Also, as far as leadership...I am on the record saying that Melo needs a PG he can respect that will get the ball and reset the play at the end of games...Melo is a scorer. He's always going to believe the shot he's putting up will go in. He also needs a very well-respected coach.  That doesn't mean I think he's a bad leader but just that there needs to be others. 


Kiyan made a point about comparing Melo and Tim Duncan's leadership. Tim doesn't speak. Tony said Tim didn't even speak to him his entire rookie year. He doesn't lead that way. It was said that Tim is Pop's soldier and goes out and does what Pop says. I think Melo would benefit from that kind of regime...an excellent leader of men as his coach and an extension of that coach on the floor, a la Tony Parker. 


People please don't think I'm comparing TD and Carmelo Anthony lol. 

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Kvdaone @SheSaidSpikeWho  We absolutely have a problem defending. That's team wide though. I don't think Dallas is a good example of the point you've been trying to make though (which I understand and agree with to an extent). He didn't get the shot off...how many times can we really say that about Melo? Lol, if anything, guys on here complain that he always shoots the last shot. The not putting the hand up stems from Carmelo being overly aggressive with his hands initially. When Dirk went up for the shot, he pulled back because he didn't want to get called for a foul. I don't think Melo has a poor ball IQ. It isn't A+ lol but it is not poor. 


I noticed that you compare Kevin Durant's late decision making but have you watched him down the stretch these last few games? He takes ill-advised threes many times down the stretch. It's insane that he doesn't get called on it. I'm not comparing their skills but that particular aspect. Sometimes they go in though so it's ok, I guess. If Melo were making his clutch shots like he used to, people probably wouldn't be saying what they're saying. A poor shot is a poor shot whether it goes in or not. We just prefer they go in. 

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@SheSaidSpikeWho @Kvdaone go lok at the Dallas gm in the last 3-5 mins and youll see the little things. passing to JR with no time for him to get a good shot and not attemptin to jump on the Dirk shot.....thats to name a few.....That gm showed the knicks dont have a problem scoring. they have a problem defending and a problem with being cohesive

solar_lion
solar_lion

@Kvdaone @MeloStat301Cut, drive, slash, set picks free up a teamate to get to the paint and have the teamate with the ball look for those guys in motion to the basket. I see it all the time from good teams. Not this dimwit team lead by Blockhead Woodson and Lethargy thay name is Felton.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Kiyan Carter Once gain, everybody must do everything for Melo because he can't be blamed for anything.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Jerry Gee @xmenreturn I agree but since it seems Melo is not trying to get Woody out of here, I think he may not want to change at this stage. 

Smart players know who on the court can do what and they should know the opposing teams players as well. 

Melo is not a player that looks to set up others throughout the game. He has his moments but  it is not natural to him.  

He wants to score and not necessary in the efficient way. He will hoist up a 3 quickly instead of realizing consistently moments of the game where he needs to take it in closer and get to the foul line or increase this chance to score.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Kiyan Carter  C'mon Kiyan lol. Intelligence and wealth don't go hand in hand. There are plenty of dumb ballers out there lol. Just as there are plenty of broke geniuses. 

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Kvdaone @MeloStat301  Pablo Prigioni said that the team puts Melo in bad spots. They give him the ball with very little time and watch him bc they expect and want him to save them every time. He said he gives this team everything he has. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Jerry Gee Yep and a good GM and coach would say that they need a superstar who has a high b-ball IQ!

What we have here really is the chicken and the egg dilemma.  Both have issues and you don't have to wonder why our team can't be first. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Kiyan Carter LOL I'm speaking relatively.  Any player in the NBA making the money they do is smart in that sense.

However, compared to the best players who have won, Melo is not one of the high b-ball Iq players for sure.


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Jerry Gee Yep But I think Melo doesn't want to do that because that would put him on the Frontline to deliver now with no excuses. 

Right now he can sit back, collect his max money, say he wants to help and wait for others to do it or not. 

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@Kiyan Carter thats what he wants to do do...run iso. this is his team and what he says goes

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Kvdaone You're killing me man! LOL

As a Puerto Rican, Melo is afraid to use the word "cut"!  How's that for an excuse Carter? 

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@MeloStat301 @Kvdaone IQ gets wins no matter if you play with stars or regular guys. IQ wins games n chips. True indeed he needs a pg but he also needs to step his IQ up

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@MeloStat301 @Kvdaone so as a star, he can tell his whole team to clear out for ISO but he cant tell his slashers to cut? nonsense and you know it

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 Dude, No player wins every year and Kobe had the same issues that Melo had.  He would hog the ball and not get others involved.  Yes, Kobe had Shaq and other help.

Kobe should have won more rings for sure.  Yet Kobe is a better closer or finisher than Melo in his prime.   

Kobe is the closest thing to MJ and unlike MJ,  Kobe didn't learn to trust his teammates as well.  

Melo has won ANY year after a decade of playing! 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Kiyan Carter Total crap. The ball moves some untilt he final minutes of the game and its ISO time. 

Melo shoot 4 3s in a row the  last game before hitting one. 

Yes we have a really dumb coach who wears out Melo.  Melo is probably tired with already a low b-ball IQ. That spells disaster.

A tired dumb guy percentage of passing a tough test usually doesn't go up. 

 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @SheSaidSpikeWho Kobe didn't have the "leadership" in him to overcome mike brown..your point is moot and stupid.


Melo does pass by the way, don't know what games you watch. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@SheSaidSpikeWho Cause they ain't getting the ball!   We all do that when we play in the park and no one passes.  Why use up energy when you don't get the ball.

Also, our coach sucks and Melo doesn't have the leadership in him to overcome this bad coach.  

We are a rudderless team! 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Kvdaone @MeloStat301 He cant drive the ball to the hoop for guys like shump,thjr or smith...which is what they should be doing attacking, but they don't, that's not on him.

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@MeloStat301 knicks are last in free throw attempts, last or close to it in points in the paint and they arent shooting the same from last yr....so what does this tell a smart player to do?

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Kvdaone @MeloStat301  I agree with you...stats don't tell the whole story. Melo is going to get numbers no matter what. But there's nobody slashing lol. They're watching. 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Kvdaone @MeloStat301 What slashers do we have?  Shump cant finish...Jr doesn't slash although he should..THJR works better as a spot up shooter...enlighten me my man.

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@MeloStat301 stats dont always tell the whole story. When Melo passes the ball his men dont usually have the wide open shot. And given the fact that the knicks are shooting horribly, why not create for your slashers......IQ is what we are talkin about here. theres more than one way to win