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Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 10:15 am  |  14 responses

Carmelo Anthony ‘Tired’ of the Knicks’ Poor Reputation on Defense


An unfamiliar word is coming out the mouths of the D’Antoni-Era Knicks, who claim they’re focused on playing defense this season. Hmm. Carmelo Anthony tells Newsday that the team will be great defensively: “Carmelo Anthony held his usual place atop the boxscore with 21 points in Wednesday night’s win over the Nets in the Knicks’ preseason finale. But while others still judge Melo by his attention to scoring, he’s looking to set a new career standard at the other end of the floor. ‘I get tired of hearing we don’t play defense, I don’t play defense,’ he said after the game. ‘I just wanted to get out there and do it. I just wanted to show it.’ Anthony talked about making a commitment to defense well before training camp opened this season. During the lockout, even when there was a chance a season might not happen, Anthony insisted that he will dispel the notion that he lacks the ability — and the desire — to be a good defensive player. Long before the arrival of Tyson Chandler, Anthony said the Knicks ‘can be a great defensive team’ and put himself out in front of that mission. ‘I’ll lead that charge,’ he said in October. ‘I’ll take that stance . . . At the end of the day, we will be a great defensive team.’”

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  • lights out

    looks like he has the right attitude. let’s see if he puts it into practice.

  • MUBWAR

    it starts with you Melo.

  • Fat Lever

    Spotlight is on him and the team to deliver. Having Tyson back there will help, no doubt, but the perimeter guys have to keep their guys in front of them. We’ll see.

  • LA Huey

    As are Knick fans.

  • shutup

    Realistic aspirations unlike Bosh’s I’m gonna be the best player in the league…. I see this as more of a new years resolution, he’ll do it for awhile but don’t see him committing long term to it, although I would love to see it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfN-HzV_AOo&feature=related nbk

    it’s an earned reputation.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    You can not care about defense for the first 8yrs of your career and then all of a sudden become a great defender overnight.

  • bull22

    its starts with you manning up and playing defense and when you lose accept responsibility rather then blame others for you losses..

  • Darren

    The offense should be great; the defense only has to be half decent and it will be enough. I’m not saying that even that mark can be accomplished though.

  • Matt Park

    When he plays defense even when he’s 3-10, I’ll give him credit. Before that, nu-uh

  • Justin G.

    shutup, Bosh didn’t say he’s GOING to be the best player in the league. He said he WANTS to be the best player in the league. Huge difference. As far as Melo goes, you can talk about it all you want but unless you go out and do it nobody will pay attention

  • EtheKnickFan

    Defense takes heart. Knickerbocker fan for over 40 yrs and this team has no heart….for defense. Woody may help this year as defensive coach but D’Antoni doesn’t preach it. Last year defensive assignments were missed and D’Antoni didntseem to mind. Frustrating.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Do somethin’ about it, Melo.

  • http://slam craig bernstein

    That is why they brought in Mike “Defense” Woodson. He will instill inspiration and pride on stopping the other side with the B-Ball. He was a baller and battled it out with another baller Ernie Grunfeld in the practice courts and NBA every day!!!!!!

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