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?