Now that Mike D’Antoni is gone, Carmelo Anthony is suddenly the consummate teammate

No matter what Carmelo Anthony tries to tell you, the fact remains that he wanted Mike D’Antoni gone.

If for some reason you can’t fathom that Anthony could possible feel that way, all you need to do is look at how he’s carried himself since D’Antoni resigned. He’s saying the right things, doing the right things, and most importantly, he’s pretty much admitted that he’s giving more effort, especially on the defensive end, than he ever did under D’Antoni.

An upbeat Anthony spoke after practice Monday about his newfound commitment to defense, Woodson’s rallying cry, and his desire to see his teammates succeed. Not just himself.

“I think in the last three games, my focus was to have an energy that I haven’t had so far this season, especially on the defensive end,” he said. “Everybody on this team knows, everybody in the world knows I can score the basketball. It’s not that important to me.”

Well, that’s certainly a new Carmelo Anthony.

“When he got the job, I told him, ‘Hold me accountable,’ ” Anthony said of Woodson. “I don’t have a problem with criticism. If I can do something to help better this team, let me know. And he’s been doing that.”

Anthony also said he’s fine with not having to be the team’s go-to guy.

“You never know whose night it’s going to be,” said Anthony, who has averaged 14.7 points in the three wins under Woodson after averaging 21.3 points under D’Antoni . “It could be anybody’s night. The ball is being shared, everybody is having fun out there. But most importantly, everybody is having fun on the defensive end.”

That’s funny. All these things sound eerily similar to what Mike D’Antoni wanted out of Carmelo.

So why exactly couldn’t Carmelo do all these things under D’Antoni?

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  1. knickfan212 says:

    Melo haters everywhere. If he did want D’Antoni gone so what. I wanted him gone too.
    Is he the only player that wanted their coach gone? Looks to me that the whole team is bringing more effort.

  2. Melo is a better actor than I thought. He is pretending to be happy with his new diminished role…he is now averaging 12 points per game under Woodson, he is not the leader of the team, he is not the star of the team, and he receives zero credit for the teams success, but all of the blame for the teams failures. Do you really think he came to NY to play a lesser role than guys like Jeremy Lin? Deep down, Melo is hating the fact that he is having his worst season of his career…he is a scorer, its in his DNA, and it is what he does best on the basketball court….it will be embarrassing for him to look back at this statline…..before too long, Melo will become fed up with his diminished role, and begin to play the game for himself, not for his team…..when that happens, and he steers away from the gameplan, look out…it will be another long losing streak for the Knicks


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