On eve of Super Bowl, Melo tackles LeBron

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

On the eve of the Super Bowl, Carmelo Anthony tackled LeBron James in transition during the third quarter of Saturday’s game.

The Knicks were trailing 70-61 at the time and James then made 1-of-2 foul shots.

James was seen wearing an ice pack on his left shoulder after the game in which he went for 30 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals in the Heat’s 106-91 win.

James wasn’t happy with the play.

“That is not the first time I’ve been tackled,” James said. “It shouldn’t be a personal foul. It’s not a basketball play but at the same time he wrapped me up and I don’t think he intended for me to hit the ground.”

Said Anthony: “He was coming at me full speed, man. I gotta get the first hit before he deliver the hit. So long as he was alright, that’s all I care about. I got the foul. I stopped him.”

Told that James was wearing an ice pack, Anthony smiled and said: “I did my job then.”

After losing the first game at Madison Square Garden by 10 points last month, James was virtually unstoppable this time around, especially in the open court

“When he gets going like he did late in the fourth, it’s tough to handle,” Anthony said.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson initially put J.R. Smith on James, and Anthony ended up trying to stop him in transition.

“He gave the assignment to J.R. and we gotta do a better job of helping J.R. in that area,” Anthony said.

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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.




9 comments
Chris
Chris

Melo sent LeRoid a message, you guys gonna hack me, there will be payback, and KMart helped by knocking Shane on his but. Where are the rest of the guys in establishing the rules, you know the paint is ours and you get hit when you enter, Pat, Mas and Oak owned the paint

rgm891
rgm891

Bucks

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Memphis


These are our next six games.  We have some nice hefty competition coming up and need to be on top of our game.  We will see how the Knicks respond.  

cj1786
cj1786

There is an easy solution to stopping these type of fouls. And it's not to call even more BS flagrant fouls. They need to change the ridiculous way in which the NBA determines continuations and shooting fouls. They call EVERYTHING shooting and they give ridiculous continuations on fouls that happen on the floor. That's why Carmelo is basically forced to tackle LeBron there. If he doesn't wrap him up, and just gives him a hard foul, the refs would give him a continuation and he'd probably make a layup and get a 3 point play. It players know that a foul on the floor will be called as such, they would know they don't need to wrap up a guy like that.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

All Melo did was wrap Lebron up. It was Lebron's momentum that caused him to fall. The Knicks should have given more strong fouls like that last night. Jeff Van Gundy was saying it all night.

Chris
Chris

@Buck50  He is not our problem, our coach is our problem

rgm891
rgm891

@OLDKNICK @rgm891  I hope so man.  Who knows how they will come out against these games game by game basis. Time will tell!!!!!!  These are the remaining games before the trade deadline. Could be an interesting factor.  

rgm891
rgm891

@OLDKNICK @rgm891  LMAOO we will see man.  We could easily lose 4 of 6 also.  But I think we win at least 3.