Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  28 responses

Carmelo Anthony Says He’s Not a Coach-Killer

Nearly everyone blames Carmelo Anthony for the Mike D’Antoni fiasco in New York, but the Knicks’ star forward says that it’s not his fault that D’Antoni walked away from the job. Per Newsday: “That bothers me because I never want that label on me,’ Anthony said. ‘I did everything in my power to try and communicate with coach Mike, talk with coach Mike, have a great relationship with coach Mike. Even right now, I feel we have a great relationship.’ [...] ‘I think it’s false,’ he said. ‘Me and Mike talked constantly about trying to find out different ways in what I can do and what we can do as a team. It wasn’t working. We lost games, and when you lose games, people say it’s not working, and of course the blame is on me. As far as the system working for me or not working for me, it worked in the Olympics when we won the gold medal. I’ll take that. If I’m the one that messed coach Mike’s system up, if you all want to blame me, I’ll take it, along with everything else.’ [...] ‘He came to me and said there were some things that I was going to have to sacrifice, and he wanted me to sacrifice,’ Anthony said. ‘When I came back off of injuries, the team was going in a different direction — running that system, running that offense. We had won games. And for me to come back and try to fit in and try to figure it out and not try to do too much, it was for me to figure that part out.’ He said he had no issues about sacrificing his game. ‘I’m not a do-what-I-do type of guy,’ he said. ‘Me and Coach never had that problem where I came out and said I’m going to do what I do and he’s going to do what he’s doing. I always went to him and asked him what can I do to help the situation and vice versa.’”

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  • FnF

    What he is trying to say here is, “If the glove don’t fit…”

  • RunNGun

    Says the man who just “killed” a coach or two…

  • http://onthacorner.com/forum Kevin

    George Karl would think otherwise

  • http://yahoo r graczyk

    Ya right – what a loser – I guess what happened in Denver was not his problem also – trade him now!

  • LOL

    he might not have done it out of malice, but he most definitely is a coach-killer in this situation, and did not do everything he could to fit into a system that was, quite frankly, above his level of understanding of the game of basketball.

  • JD

    The best thing that happened to the Knicks all season was Carmelo getting hurt. Its not D’Antoni’s fault that they’re a better team without their highest paid player, but sometimes heads just gotta roll

  • jake

    Melo will save this franchise the same way he did Denver. Maybe not get a ring, but the knocks will be very relevant in the near future.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I thought Coach K was the head coach on that national team not D’Antoni.

  • McWill

    @JTaylor21 D’Antoni was on Coach K’s coaching staff for the Olympics

  • Fat Lever

    Compare Melo’s statement with what Lin said about adapting to Woodson’s offense(despite Lin’s obvious reduced role) and you can see two different mentalities. One is concerned with getting his at the expense of overall team play and the other is concerned with the overall benefit of the team. Real tough to tell who is who.

  • RunNGun

    Cosign FAT LEVER

  • OneStep

    Unfortunately, Melo, your history says differently. Your name used to get mentioned in the same sentence as DWade and Lebron. There’s a reason that it doesn’t happen these days and it’s not because of your coaches or the teams you’ve been on. You are a very disappointing “superstar”.

  • marilyn walter

    Even Larry Brown couldn’t work with Carmelo when he coached the Olympics. Carmelo is a loser!

  • abaci

    Coaches are usually scapegoats when things don’t go well, but Melo didn’t help things

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    Chuckled a bit at this: “I’m not a do-what-I-do type of guy.”


    Yes, D’Antoni was on Coach K’s coaching staff for the Olympics, and so wasn’t Jim Boeheim.


    *so was

  • ab40

    carmelo needs to shut his mouth and just play ball. He’s just a star not a superstar and he needs to realize that his team and him need to play real team ball if they want to win big. He still thinks that him chucking up shots all the time are good plays.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq0hMrfg7qg&feature=related MeloMan15

    damn, melo hate is on an all time high lol


    I’ve got to say, I’ve got a great memory. The possibilities for the future excite me. Oh the worm is gonna turn baby and I can’t wait. :)

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Camelo is just really smooth with the public relations – “I didn’t ask for a trade”, “I’m a Nugget, man”, “of course Lin and me can co-exist” blah blah blah. He’s too smart to risk his image by speaking his mind. He’s kind of like the opposite of Iverson that way.

  • Ruki D

    Maybe he’s not a coach killer, but Jim Boeheim was glad that Carmelo was “one ‘n done” at Syracuse.

  • MirChilly

    Melo’s not a coach killer. It’s just that this system didn’t fit his talents. Point Blank. When you get a talent like Melo you adjust to him, not the other way around. And of course Lin has to be humble and in this situation and defer to melo. If not that would be like Peedi Crackk trying get all the best beats over Beans or Cam

  • Lan

    The Knicks can’t seem to get it right. It’s like they yearn for drama.


    FACT: Jim Boeheim is like a father figure to Carmelo and Ruski D is full of ish.

  • RunNGun

    Jim Boeheim’s teams don’t play defense unless you count standing around like bonsai trees.

  • roybot

    @Ruki D Boeheim glad Melo one-and-done after he got Boeheim the ‘chip? Get outta here with that nonsense. Say what you will about his NBA game not fitting into winning systems, but even Boeheim called him the best player in college that year by far. You must have not watched the tourney that year.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Carmelo Anthony (along with other players this season) is making me look like the genius that I try to pretend to be.