Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 8:00 am  |  85 responses

Carmelo: Knicks May Not Jell Until Next Year

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Despite having had to put up with a horrifically bad team over the last, oh, decade or so, Knicks fans aren’t exactly known for their patience. They demand a winner, and aren’t afraid to express this.

So, I can only imagine the look on their faces when they read this morning when Carmelo Anthony expects the team to get its act together.

Melo, not so unreasonably, believes New York might not fully jell until sometime next season.

The NY Daily News has the quotes:

Amar’e Stoudemire wants the Knicks to play together and Mike D’Antoni wants them to get through this “rough stretch” and firmly believes his offense can work for Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. But in the wake of the team’s worst first-quarter scoring output in 55 years and a second straight loss to a lottery-bound team, Anthony had a different message. Moments after the Knicks fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 100-95, Sunday at the Bradley Center, an unsure Anthony said this team may never reach peak performance until next winter.

“For everyone to get 100% on the same page, it might take next season,” Anthony said. “But right now, in this short period of time, we’ve just got to come together as a unit. As far as everybody jelling and the chemistry and clicking to where we want to be at, it’s going to take some time.”

The Knicks are now just one game above .500, having lost two in a row in demoralizing fashion, and slipping in the Eastern Conference standings (they’re now the 7th seed, a half game behind the Philly Sixers.)

Things have not been easy for Melo since he strode heroically into Madison Square Garden, as New York has lost more than it has won with him (with pretty much the exact opposite taking place in Denver, his old home).

It’s understandable that Carmelo Anthony would ask for patience from fans and media. Whether he gets it or not, remains to be seen (hint: highly unlikely.)

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poI0huezg5w X


  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Way to publicly throw in the towel already Melo. Gotta love the optimism with the playoffs nearly here… Frankly, I think next year is also going to be a lost cause without a center and a new coach. I’ve said it a million times; D’Antoni will not inspire Stat or Melo to play D enough for my Knicks to win. Neither one of them is particularly selfless, so I see this as a potential Stat-Marion part deux. Both want to be the ‘man’ in NY. Neither like to sacrifice stats. We gave up too much for this guy.


    boohoo Melo. you left a good team for the knickerbockers. N.y. will swallow you up with those type of comments. Good luck with Mike O’anthony


    Some people can’t handle the truth.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Sorry-a$s squad of non-defense playing bit*hes with the Pringles Man leading them. Choke in the playoffs (if you make it) like you always do.

  • Riggs

    if there is anybody, ANYBODY who thinks the knicks actually had a chance to win the title this year, they should be smacked repeatedly. This isn’t “throwing in the towel” its freaking knowing your limitations. They need a better starting 5 (starting with a center) and a bigger bench. Everyone seems to forget that EVERYONE said that the trade isnt for this year but for the next and the future.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poI0huezg5w X

    I kept tellin cats to wait until the off-season to scoop Melo but no one would listen to me. I love Carmelo, but he really sounds like a crybaby right now.

  • First & Foremost

    Otherwise read as: Everyone will adjust to me next year because that is the way I operate.

  • Anthony Dixon

    ITS THE TRUTH…. but w.e i wouldnt ov said anything. but least hes being honest……………. if he was smart he would leave . ands go to BROOKLYN AND PLAY WIT DWILL

    With prince and dwest comn next year as will THE NETS WILL BE A DYNASTY…………..

  • bull22

    YEAH! now they won’t be jelling until next year. LOL, BUMS that dont play defense don’t win championships. funny how every writer got on their bandwagon when carmelo signed with the knicks. even mike d’antoni is telling you delusional knick fans to CHILL! hahahahahahhahahah

  • http://slamonline.com Chester

    choke like how lebron chokes in the playoffs every year right eboy? lol


    hahahahhahaha at First&Foremost. It’s so Meloish

  • Anthony

    Hes telln the truth but uhhh dnt b surprised if melo goes to brooklyn next year and play wit brook lopez.. along wit dwill tprince dwest… do i hear DYNASTY the knicks were bettere without melo… chandler was playing like an allstar and gallanari improved dramtically

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    @ Eboy: Choke? From a Heat fan?!LOL. No one expected the Knicks to be great. Us Knick fans just didn’t expect such atrocious D. Now the Heat, well they are pretty pathetic in their record against teams that matter. That’s me being polite. Three max super-stars playing together the entire season not beating anyone that matters except for ONE elite team? C’mon, you can’t be serious. You can’t choke with low expectations. You can however, consider the Heatles THIRD place finish choking. Hahahah choke on that!

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    I’m happy for Denver.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy


  • Anthony

    @zoom the knicks cant beat the heat in a seven game series… prolly cant beat the pacers either

  • cramzy

    Couple weeks ago Melo was better than Lebron according to ESPN!

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    ^^^For some reason Melo rarely loses to Bron. Hell, if a non-D playing Knick team can beat them with Melo during the regular season, they’ll push them to the limit. Besides, the Heat aren’t winning ish this year anyway. Come finals time Bron, Wade, and Chris Beyotch be watching on their couches so this argument is pointless. LOL @ Eboy. Apparently he’s still bitter from the times his wack ass Heat teams were getting bullied in the 90′s.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Oh yea, and aren’t you like 50? #lmao@loserolddudeontwitter

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Heat: title in 2006/Knicks: title in 1973. Who’s more relevant, witless? Besides the fact you were probably born after 1993, your opinion matters less than your shi*ty basketball team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Fortunately, spring break ends today and the morons will stop polluting the site.

  • T-Money

    Riggs: What makes absolutely zero sense is, if the goal was not to win it all this year, WHY DIDN’T THEY WAIT UNTIL THIS SUMMER TO SCOOP HIM UP AS A FREE AGENT?! They probably would have let Chandler walk but they’d still have Gallo, Felton and Mozgov.

  • RunNGun

    Sorry Melo, but the time to win is NOW; just look at the CELTICS when they got GARNETT, PIERCE, and ALLEN in the same year. Win or GTFO.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Which gives you guys how many more titles than us exactly? Alzheimers killing your ability to count? LOL Hey Egirl, why so emotional so early? Andropause must me hell. Hot flashes, mood swings. Sucks to be you!!! :-D . FYI, just becuase some of us aren’t old enough to have grandkids like you, doesn’t mean we’re youngins.


    woow mood swing n hot flashes. Uncalled for but still funny. OMG I need a basketball diet

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    So that would just make you stupid then? Got it!

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    the funny thing is, with all the trouble the knicks have, they still beat the Heat… so eboy is in no position to talk

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    @RunNGun: diffrence between those teams is the celtics had a full offseason to prepare, the Heat did too… this team completely changed more than halfway thru the season, noone expects them to win this year

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    They played one game, meloman. And the Heat were playing their worst ball of the season. That’s your title for the season. Enjoy it. It’s the only one you’ll see for another decade or so.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    The Knicks blow.

  • Anthony

    it does not matter because the nets will b better in 5 years

  • http://slamonline Allenp

    Because Carmelo punked them. He made them fear that he wouldn’t sign in the summer so he could get the best possible extension now before the new CBA. He wanted his freedom and his money, which is something NONE of his other peers got.
    Truth be told, Carmelo pimped the system better than any of the other superstars in the league.

  • irondan21

    If these comments from Melo surprise you, your an idiot. No way was this team going to jell with less than 30 games to go in the season.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    They sure will. We all know Deron is going to re-sign with them. We also know a big superstar is going to sign with the Nets to lead Deron and Lopez. We know how the CBA is going to play out. Yup. We know because Anthony said it. Case closed.

  • Bruno

    can’t wait for NY-Miami in the first roung

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Melo: still backpedaling in MSG, i see.
    Old habits die hard.

  • Jamaal.1987

    Eboy, chill. Please. You need to just seriously relax, man. f@ck.


    Bruno so far its Actually Miami vs 76ers in the 1st round.

  • Bruno

    damn haven’t check that up but hope for that series anyway … everyone it’s saying a lot of bullsh@t about this NY team but if they face Miami you know it’s gonna be a wild series

  • bnets

    Nuggets Winners of the trade LMFAO

  • JTaylor21

    Can someone explain to me why Melo had the Knicks head over heels for his services?


    Because he is a dead eye shooter with little to nothing else to offer. No passing and horrendous D kinda like his main man Amar’e


    I hope that answers your Q JTaylor21

  • Riggs

    T-Money: I’m sorry but the knicks without melo lost pretty stupid games, if this knicks team still had those 3 they wouldve still lost games. The trade wasnt to win it all now, thats just stupid to think so. It was to acquire carmelo NOW for the off-chance that they wouldve lost him in free agency (like they lost lebron)

  • JTaylor21

    Mubwar, thanks bra. It all makes sense now why the Knicks were the only team willing to destroy their entire roster for a player that only plays on one end of the court.


    surprised me too. But Hey this is the same organization who gave Isiah Thomas a job.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    yupppp all the hate on Melo, im loving it, please dont be bandwagoners when things smooth out, thanks

  • Huh?

    Isn’t it ‘gel’ and not ‘jell’?


    bandwagoners and the Knicks just don’t seem to get along. Meloman just change your name to: The Knicks, where efence and Offense happens. But where is the D?looool

  • ClydeSays

    Are the Knicks going to be 49% better next season?

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic


  • baller4life

    LoL @Huh?
    yo i think it is ‘gel’ and not ‘jell’

    as in are you ‘gel’ling?
    instead of ‘jell’o jigglers

    Lego my ‘jell’o Melo.

    seriously though. Team chemistry does take time.
    This too will pass and if they Knicks can get a solid Center, they’ll be difficult to match up against with Stoudemire, Melo, Fields, Douglas, etc.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    @ Huh?: I said the same exact thing to myself when I read it.

  • Showtime

    Like I said before…newyork was dumbass as hell 4 that trade..even thou mello is my 2nd fav beside d wade.he wasnt worth all that if u could hav gotten 4 free..& I dont kno why people keep,having mia,i in their mouth.with ny schedule & how their playing their gonna be 7th at very best…sad

  • T-Money

    Riggs: there was no way in hell they were losing him in FA. that’s the thing. who would have scooped him up? this has nothing to do with the lebron situation where ny media conviced THEMSELVES that they were the front runners even though bron never said so himself. everyone and their mama knew that melo wanted to be in NYC.


    Dantoni needs to be demoted to assistant coach and focus solely on his magical offense and replaced as head coach with someone like Lawrence Frank. I wish we’d have gotten Avery Johnson when he was available.

  • robb


  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    lol@ calling d’antoni the pringles man

  • rich

    it was the same when the lakers traded for gasol it didnt nececarily take a whole season but its hard to just plant an all star scorer on your team and expect instant success

  • floe

    melo must be the first player in the history in the nba to struggle offensively under d’antoni’s system. this dude’s such a puss!

  • floe

    *of the

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Mike D’Antoni is the Pringles man; Phil Jackson is the KFC man; Hedo Turkoglu is the Mad Magazine man (Alfred E. Neuman).

  • http://http//portlandfan1203.blogspot.com Karley

    of course it takes times for a team to jell. But they should be “jelled” already.. Seriously its just an excuse for a bad time. Just like the Heat they went through a rough stretch but everything gets better. you cant win them all.

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    I seem to remember the 1999 Knicks taking mad criticism too, and that turned out pretty well. I’m not saying they’re gonna make it to the finals, probably will only win 1 or 2 playoff games in the first round, but let’s give it some proper time before we evaluate things.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Carmelo: totally overrated.

  • http://www.eboy.com doyouwantmore

    Meanwhile Kevin Durant is working on his handle and taking jump shots.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I was happy to see Anthony join the Knicks, I think its great for New York to be back into the playoffs, but realistically, He probably would have been better off going to one of the Texas teams, or staying in Denver..

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    ^ or Memphis, or New Orleans, etc., etc.

  • the Dude

    Everyone is missing the fact that Melo says he will be staying in NY. We shall see.
    I wish there were more players like Pierce in the L and by that I mean loyal to the team that gave them a job playing a GAME they love in the first place.

  • Byebye

    Lol melo can lead a team
    Don’t ever compare him and labron again
    Bron sec best player he ever played with mo Williams or Larry Hughes
    Melo had k mart iverson chauncey nene jr smith
    That’s way better than d jones pavlavic e snow boobie tired Shaq
    Big z gaymison d gooden etc

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    the Dude, many players are loyal to their team. the problem is, many owners could give a ufck

  • http://www.theresastatforthat.blogspot.com deron

    The Knicks just need time and a couple of key pickups, namely a defensive center and a wing defender. Oh yeah… a new coach.


  • BBaller

    Maybe the knicks should only start paying him next year! Imagine being paid $15 million for a season and you can openly admit that you cannot deliver this season. I know my boss would not stand for it.

  • BBaller

    2 of the most overused statements(excuses) of 10/11 season. “work in process” and ” we need more time”.

  • Justin

    Shocking how once again the idiots come out when statements like these are made. He’s 100% right, and I agree with Riggs. Anyone who thought the Knicks were going to contend this year should be smacked upside the head. There was never a chance that this team was going to challenge anyone this year. Teams don’t just magically come together, especially when a bunch of players come and go in the middle of the season like this. Knicks brass knows this and so does anyone who has any clue about sports. Apparently, that’s not a lot of the commentors on this site

  • rik

    Dont try to put that on the owners… todays players are acting like divas!

  • Ali

    Melo who! Nuggest players actually getting a chance to ball out… These tossed together/win now teams ain’t got a chance in he** in a 7 game seriers vs. a team that has had their nucleous together for years, ala Celts (BIG 4), THUNDERCats (Durant/West-B), La-La Land (KB/FISH/Bynum/Gasol/L.O.), S.A. (Timmy/Manu/T.P.), ChiTown (Rose/Deng/Noah), Mavs (Dirk/Terry/Kidd), Magic (Howard/Nelson) PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE BABY!

  • jimmer

    Melo = Score first, score second, score third, & needs the ball in his hands even when he is not scoring. Better off with the harlem globetrotters. This is the second coming of starbury. Not necessarily the same game, but the same team destroying impact. Only player ever not to score easily in D’antoni’s system. They would’ve gotten further just with felt & stat. Feel bad for stat – knew the system, worked his &ss off, now an uber 1-dimensional ball-hoggin tool has taken his shine, turned it into Sh&t and ruined all the hard work. Immense! Can anyone say ‘Shaq to the Suns’?? Great idea at the time and all that…. (I bet D’antoni rules on NBA live dynasty mode, but real life? A 12 year olds approach doesn’t quite cut it)

  • jimmer

    ^^^ just look at the Heat!


    What’s the combined record of LeBron, D-Wade, and Bosh versus Carmelo Anthony since they all came out of the 2003 NBA Draft? Anyone? Just wondering.

  • FLIGHT 9


  • Anthony

    IF MELO PASSES MORE THEY HAVE 5 MO WINS IN THE COLUMN………… rebounding is a skill that isnt taught……… melo and stat have the athleticism to play great d and rebound but its not them……. Stat, melo, Brook Lopez and other skillfull players will never be great rebounders…. defense can be change tho………….. But mike d aint goin nowhere…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4royOLtvmQ IAMORANGE4EVER

    IF the Knicks completely fall in their face the rest of the way, I don’t think you can say it’s a guarantee D’Antoni is back. I wish him the best though, because I want the Knicks to do well, but I’m not gonna be blind to the fact, that D’Antoni might be the wrong coach for Stat, Melo, and Smooth.

  • Darren

    who said Pierce is loyal to the Celtics? he demanded a trade around 2005 and only stayed because he didnt want to go to a rebuilding Portland team.