Oscar Robertson to Melo: Leave the Knicks in Your Rear-View Mirror

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

The way Oscar Robertson sees it, Carmelo Anthony will never be appreciated with the Knicks and should leave New York.

Now.

“Wherever that kid’s gone, when he was at Denver, they had a team that fooled around with the ball, fooled around with the ball, then all of the sudden when they needed a basket, threw it to Carmelo,” Robertson told Spike Lee on his SiriusXM NBA Radio program. “Then, when he shot the ball, they said he shot too much. Then, when he didn’t shoot, they said he didn’t shoot enough. No matter what he does in New York, they’re going to criticize him, the people are going to criticize him, because you got guys on [the Knicks] that just cannot play.”

The Big O’s advice to Melo: leave.

“If I were Carmelo, I would say, ‘Listen, I’m not gonna stay here and take all this gruff and all this criticism. You got other guys on the team making $12, $15, $16 million and doing nothing, and here I am averaging 28, 29 points per game,’” Robertson said.

Knicks President Phil Jackson said Wednesday he hopes Anthony will stay true to his word and take less than max money to remain with the Knicks so they can add other players around him.

Meantime, Chicago and Houston are expected to pursue Anthony, especially if the Bulls are bounced in the first round.

“If he goes to Houston, they’re gonna win everything,” Robertson said. “You look at LeBron, LeBron’s got a great game, Durant’s got a great game – they can’t out-shoot Carmelo.”

Robertson believes Anthony is a better scorer than Durant — and that he takes too much heat.

“I’m telling you right now,” Robertson said, “the kid, he can just get that shot away. He’s gotten smarter, he’s going to the basket a lot.”
“What gets me,” Robertson added, “everyone thinks that everything that happens bad is [Anthony's] fault.”

 

Sam Spiegelman

I agree with The Big O — to an extent. Anthony is among — if not — the best pure scorers in the league, and wherever he has gone and no matter what approach he takes, he gets unfair criticism.

But here’s something to keep in mind: before LeBron James won a title, he was ripped by critics to no extent. People would criticize LeBron for the same reasons until he got to the NBA Finals and finally hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

The same goes for Kevin Durant, who has taken less slack since bringing the Thunder to the Finals, but now can at least boast an MVP trophy on his mantle.

While Melo has long been a superstar, he doesn’t have an MVP trophy and hasn’t been able to lift his team to the Finals. So perhaps harsh criticism isn’t deserved, but both Durant and James had to play through it before they took the next step forward.

As for Robertson’s suggestion to flea to New York — I just don’t get it.

Melo isn’t getting criticized because he plays for the Knicks. He gets criticized because he’s the best player on an underachieving team.

Would the Rockets be a better team with Melo? I don’t think so. He and James Harden would be in a tussle for shots, unless someone is willing to be downgraded to that Robin role, and isn’t that why Harden left OKC in the first place? Oh, and there’s a highly paid center in the middle who is going to need his touches as well. There’s not enough balls to go around in Houston for that proposed big three.


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.




110 comments
Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

Melo is not and never will be better than Bernard King...so if he opts to leave, then so be it.  I rather have a player who loves being a Knick and not a pretender.  His talk about free agency really screwed this team up this year...constantly saying he didn't know if he'll be back and having conversations with other players about their teams tells you where his heart is.  So if wants to leave no sweat off my shoulders and I believe many fans will agree.  Save the money and we can get two good players that bring more energy to the game.

hosket
hosket

....hoping there will be a lot of desperate teams that get upset this year will be  looking to shake it up next year....Can't think of a better way than to "upgrade" the center spot......getting over-value for Chandler would be a move in the right direction.....

nyny
nyny

it only proves the game has passed the big O by 

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

Another reason mike Woodson sucked, beno udrih, he was better then Felton, he's a solid pg. Ofc stubborn Woodson sticking w something that doesn't work forever

bigdishing
bigdishing

Can Phil Jackson fire Spike Lee as a fan? 

bblessed
bblessed

I love my Knicks and I think melo is the best player we've had in the past 20 yrs...(yeah I said it)...but I gotta agree with OR. Some bitches on this blog tend to criticize or criticizing sake. He should go play for a coach that has a good system and with good players around him. And when he wins a chip with them the bitches on this blog can criticize management for letting him go....SMDH

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

I am starting to view this blog as just another extension of SNY's anti-Knicks rhetoric.

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

I see things may unravel in OKC.  If they don't make it to the chip this year Westbrook will be on the trading block.  


If Miami don't win it this year....they will disband.  


Pacers will lose their spark plug....Lance "hypeman" stephenson.


Interesting change of events on the horizon..

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

Are there any players contracts Phil should be willing to take on in exchange for an expiring contract that the knicks own?   


Please don't say Lebron, or Durant.   

Dwight Garland
Dwight Garland

Everyone says Melo should leave. Everyone says Melo shoots to much. No one has paid attention to how he has improved his game. Yes, he can leave and go to another team that has a r theoretical chance of getting to the finals. Nothing is guaranteed, the talk about Chicago, Melo would be dealing with another Amare situatiion. We knew Amare worked hard to get back to play. I thought we gave up to much to get Melo, to late water over the bridge, I was for Felton, he has now proven he is not a full time starter. Melo came to NY to bring a championship. Bargani is a 7 foot small forward. Develop our youguns. Murry tall point guard that needs time. him (Felton and Pablo can tutor) Shooting guard Thjr, and JR) Shumoert the variable. Tyler and Amare at PF. Chandler, Aldritch and Bargani at center, true an unconventional line up, the NBA is all about changes and adjustments.

dagawd
dagawd

Thank You Big-O, you're the man, MelO please take his words serious

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

So melo should leave the Knicks bc of what people say on this blog ? Hahahha

glider1965
glider1965

@bblessed    I agree Melo is great.  Hope he wants to stay.  But stars get criticized wherever they go. Harden and Howard look like ball dominators to me.  Are Harden and Howard ready to give up 25% of their touches each to become a better team.  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Houston winning just because Melo shows up is no given.  In my opinion, the Heat model worked not because they had three "great" players (in my further opinion Bosh is far from a great player) but because the best player in the world was willing to sacrifice money and personal stats to win. Perhaps in that vein, the best plan for Melo would be to do the same here in the next two years. One thing's for sure.  If he does leave for less money to go somewhere else, he better win that CHIP or the writing on him will be set in stone. 

rico
rico

@bblessed  so you're bitching about people who bitch about bitches?


we want him to stay.


there will always be criticism (this is freaking NY!)


I think people have to calm down about wanting him to win elsewhere unless they want to start anew 



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@bblessed NP with Melo winning a ring elsewhere. i only care if he or anyone else can help us win a ring.  

I wouldn't keep a lady around just because I'm afraid she might be happy elsewhere than with me.  


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Dullah Dakidd LMAO!  Did 2!  I were suppose to pick 100lbs but I cheated and put water, bulbs and everything I could find to make it weight more. Still that old scale only stated it was about 25 lbs.  I got about  40 cents for it and I was though man!  

Other than that, I had to pick for my family farm and it totally sucked and it didn't matter what it weigh because I didn't get paid! lol

Picking cotton totally sucks! If I was a slave back in the day, I would surely have been dead at an early eage.  My big mouth would have gotten me to the grave quickly.  Yet, I would have taken a few of The Man with me. Better believe that! lol

skot
skot

@Mel Brown  I don't know if this is possible - all those new rules etc. But if we can do a sign and trade involving Pau Gasol and Bargnani, that by itself would improve the Knicks significantly next year, something that could propel them back into top 3 in the east again.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@carl hill No way! I have the Mets to watch!  I'm staying on my Knicks and Melo! lol

bblessed
bblessed

Not what I'm saying. I think he's great for us but could do without the constant criticism of every aspect of his game. He's top 7 in the league IMHO.

Chris
Chris

@xmenreturn  this is a basketball blog, you want to do standup find the appropriate place

rico
rico

Mets are playing good ball

blackwood1
blackwood1

@Chris @kingofny Facts....we cant allow them to get in the way of endless bitter hating now can we? lol Plus when does Amare get asked to "sacrifice" some money for that ridiculous contract Mr Magoo gave him?

Chris
Chris

@kingofny  You all conveniently forget there are no taxes in Fla, so in terms of real money or net what did these guys really give up?

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@rico Yeah we are above .500!  I better start talking sh##t now before they return to being the real Mets. 

We seem to be winning today too!  Take that Stanks - bunch of cheaters!

kofi
kofi

@ Mel Brown

The most profound thing said on this blog in over a year.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Mel Brown @xmenreturnLOL My man!  I have a huge number of brothers and sisters and they kick my rear all the time too!  I would expect nothing less from you and others! 

I thank God everyday for them everyday because I have no idea how people with no siblings get though things.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Mel Brown Dude, I say thing about many thing on this blog over the years. I have no problem going after blacks whites and etc.  

For me, if you can't laugh at yourself and have fun without it trying to really put others down, then it's a shame.  

That's why I always tell others not to take things seriously, it all fun.

There are real problems out there they we have to face and deal with.

Being here is a form of escape!  There my be many other things you might disagree with me on here. That's perfectly fine and it's your right! 

For me, I will always be a black man that trying to make things better around me in the real world.  

If one day, you would like to meet, you might be quite surprised who I am! lol 

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@xmenreturn  I excelled at school and sports....born and raised in the Bronx.  


It would serve you well to be more mindful about the comments you post.  

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Mel Brown LOL   Picking cotton isn't a sense of Black history, it's part of my history!  I picked that stupid cotton and I was very bad at it too. 

Thank God, I move to NY after my mother died when I was young.  I excelled in school and sports.  

I know my history because it interest me. If you don't know where you come from then it's hard to know you're going. 

So what is your story? 

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@xmenreturn @Mel Brown  If you think picking cotton is "having a true sense" of "your" history then you are very uneducated about Black history.



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Mel Brown LMAO!  I'm as black as they come. Been on this blog for over 5 years!  I have no issues speaking my mind. 

 Most of us use blog names so why is there a need to hide what my real race is?

I'm not afraid to speak my mind.  I don't play game on things like that!  I'm very proud of who am I! 

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@xmenreturn  First of all, you are not "black".  If you want to play that game you are walking a dangerous path.   



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@carl hill TOKEN? hahahahaha  

I can see you are not as deep as you think!  

Like I stated, you can call me what you like.  Heard it all.  Yet, I don't let others define me by words! 

If you know who you are that should never be the case. 



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@carl hill Say What?  Dude you have no idea what I think black means!  I have lived in the deep south, been bussed to school, called all kinds of names, picked cotton and etc.  

I truly have a sense of my history and others as well. 

You might noy like what I have to say and that's totally fine. I'm a big boy that can speak up for myself.

Bring it!  

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@knicksgirl35 NP I'm not a jerk!  I'm a black man that have heard it all growing up in the deep south.  I never take this stuff seriously!  

I know who I am and my parents did a great job. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@carl hill @xmenreturnNah, I wish!  I heard it on the cable TV late last night with a comedian type joking about it.  

I will try to get it for you. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@carl hill @xmenreturnLOL Yep, Now all dark skin folks will be checked for Pine tar like substances. 

I hear other teams are calling him a Pine tar baby! lol

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@carl hill @xmenreturnLMAO!  Isn't that crazy!  Pine tar on ya neck!   That was some of the best news man! 

No Rivera so those pitchers have to pitch 9 innings now to win a game!