Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  107 responses

Carmelo Anthony Struggling to Adjust to New Knicks Offense

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

The New York Knicks lost a tough one in Dallas last night, as Carmelo Anthony was held to a ghastly total of just six points. Afterwards, he admitted that he’s having trouble with the new way his team runs their offensive sets.

‘Melo isn’t entirely sure of his place in the new alignment, something his coach admits is a struggle for everyone at the moment, and Anthony says it’s been tough to adjust to not having the ball in his hands so much.

From the NY Post:

Anthony scored 6 points in a 2-of-12 disaster and sat and watched the second unit nearly steal a win over the defending champion Mavericks. As a capper, Anthony bolted the locker room early, heading for the bus, saying to a reporter, “Not tonight.” Fifteen minutes later, Melo returned to the locker-room area to speak to a small group of writers and admitted adjusting to the new alignment has him confused on the court.

The Knicks fell to the Mavs, 95-85, last night to go 2-4 since Melo returned to a new structure created by Jeremy Lin, whose emergence stoked a 7-0 spurt with Melo missing most of those games with a groin injury. “I think any time you go from the early part of the season and having the ball and distributing and now waiting for it to come to me, it’s quite an adjustment for myself,” said Anthony.

As has been the case lately for the Knicks, it was the backups (with the help of Amar’e Stoudemire and his 26 points) who led the way late in the game, as they nearly stole a win from the Mavericks with Carmelo Anthony watching for much of the comeback.

With so many new players on the roster, and so little time to prepare in this lockout-shortened season, it was inevitable that the Knicks’ offense wouldn’t easily gel. That being said, as a leader Carmelo must overcome his frustrations, and figure out a way to get his team back on track.

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  • smoove

    hes playin critic ball. he needs to just get back to same melo but dont stop the ball too long and take fewer shots

  • Bt

    Trade melo for Dwight

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    “Afterwards, he admitted that he’s having trouble with the new way his team runs their offensive sets.” they have sets?

  • Justin G.

    Melo for Deron Williams is looking more and more like a bad trade idea for the Nets

  • Rasheedionics

    So you spend all that money on Melo and Amare but your coach is saying second unit is more effective. Better than the starting unit in practice. Great!

  • Shaq

    Trade him for me!

  • Fat Lever

    The next ESPN.com headline? “Melo Kills Linsanity!”

  • Mal

    The ball was given to him, he just didn’t score. Geesh, 6 points. How much does he get paid again?!?!

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Translation: “Who the hell is this new guy taking all MY shots?!”

  • http://30HomeGames.blogspot.com 30HomeGames

    The last winning ingredient before Lin was Amare, when the Knicks were off to that hot start to begin the season. I’m surprised STAT isn’t getting more attention from the media.

    With all the talk lately that its Melo’s team. For as long as its a D’Antoni team – it’ll revolve around Amare and Lin.

    What a player like Melo needs is Triangle Offense led by Phil Jackson. He has the scoring ability and clutch of the GOATs, maybe not the same Killer instinct but the tools are there.


    Melo aint getting traded boys and girls. The thing that will change for the Knicks is the head caoch. Trust me, if things don’t work out, Mike’s contract will just EXPIRE, and the Knicks will turn to Big Chief Triangle. Book it.

  • Thee SwissArmyKnife

    Melo can complain about sets all he wants what I saw was Shawn Marion locking him up(and I’m a Knicks fan).

  • Dan

    melo was at his best in denver when he didnt have the ball in his hands that much and billups was setting him up. its just a matter of time. if the roster wont be blown up or any other stupid decision wont be made everything is going to be all tight.
    that stupid condensed schedule will make it almost impossible for teams to sort things like this out during the season. some games less and more team training dates wouldve provided a better product for us fans this year. but the way it is now, we (knicks fans) know that everythings gonna be fine at the latest date start of next season. i hope that this will be the next year that we have to say “next year…”

  • Paul H

    He was having a terrible year always having the ball In his hands, now he Is complaining when he doesn’t…. Melo has been exposed this year. Not nearly as good as everyone (including me) thought he was.

  • Dan

    the last year i mean


    Did someone just suggest Marion “locked up” Melo last night? That’s delusions of grandeur by someone right there!

  • da real

    Trade Melo!!!! Give all his shots to JR, Fields, Shumpert and Novak! Knicks could get value back for him. I like him as a person, but he is not a real superstar like Wade, Lebron, Kobe and Durant. He just doesnt bring it every night and he makes everyone else play worse when he stops the ball movement. He’s gotta go.


    Trolls gonna troll.

  • ron

    Trade him to the Heats!

  • Dan

    marion didnt really lock him up. melo was able to drive past marion a couple of times n finished weak then. he also got blocked by odom by acting like a rookie after he caught an offensive rebound down low. he really doesnt look like the offensive force he used to be. regardless of the system. i dont know what it is that is bothering him i just hope he will be able to overcome it asap

  • tmhp

    “as a leader Carmelo must overcome his frustration”
    that last phrase of the article says it all or incorrectly says it all, Carmelo ISN’T a leader and never has and never will be.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Wow, what is up with Melo.

  • James

    Isn’t it funny how quickly you go from a top 10 player to… “ball stopping cancer” ?

    No wonder there weren’t many teams willing to fight for his services. Still don’t know why the Knicks gave up so much for this guy. He’s not a savior. This is our Lebron James sweepstakes consolation prize…. boooo!

  • RunNGun

    Blame Dolan. Trade Melo to the Nuggets for Fields, Mozgov, Gallinari, Felton, and oh… nevermind.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    It’s the offense bro’s D antoni runs no kind of legitimate offense when a possesion becomes a halfcourt one, the only kinda of “play” they run is a pick and Roll. There are no screens.for Melo, no off ball movement whatsoever. Hence the reason why Lin,stat,melo always end up ISOing. And another reason why is cuz melo just drives 90% of the time , then he either gets fouled or draws an offensive foul. Back in Denver he was regarded as one of the best mid range shooters in the L , he’s not versatile on O any more no pull ups, no post game, he gotta get back to the old ScoreAnyTypeOfWay Melo.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    *gets blocked or draws an offensive foul

  • Dan

    @ l2ising Phoenix: totally agree. now somebody has to tell him lol

  • Drig

    It’s sad to see the Knicks O. Really is. Never balanced and too many ball-stoppers or average passers. Dal made NYK look like the 2nd division on some crisp passing plays TBH. And I cannot understand why Mike D can’t run off screen roles for Melo as plays. He’s great on iso and all but why not get the team to get him open in 20ft to get him going? And I don’t like how the Knicks don’t put solid screens…….or the players not using the said screens like they should.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    My friends, This is what happens when you ask a player to change his game. The Knicks knew what type of player Melo was and traded everything but their gatorade cooler to get him. Now you want him to be someone he’s not… GREAT JOB!

  • Dan

    @Drig: true that. there are many positive things to be said about the new born knicks but sometimes their lack of basics just leaves me shaking and scratching my head

  • AD

    the hype caught up to lin…. he thinks hes the best scorer on the team and then he turns theball over too much for me.. its not all of his fault but he needs to just set melo and stat up.. those two should be the only ones shootn contested shots in the 4th guarter unless some1 is wide open… Plus miked gives evrybody the greenlight…..
    I say trade jlin for devin harris…. or some1 else someone that can play d and playmake better

  • Dan

    @ad: sorry man but thats proper bull… he turns the ball over coz his dribble is to high n he doesnt have the conditioning yet to play the minutes he is actually playing. hed be the first to tell you that he wouldnt keep scoring 28ppg for the rest of the season. the knicks have many issues but lin is really their smallest problem

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    He turns the ball over because, he’s not a point guard…

  • Ismael

    What’s new?

  • T-Money

    i think new york is making a mistake by trying to tailor its system for an unproven commodity (lin). melo doesn’t need much: give him the rock in the mid post area and have him run flex cuts so that he can get with two feet in the paint. he has flaws but he’s an efficient scorer when he gets the ball in his spots.

  • Dan

    @The Philosopher: thats what i call a… unique opinion

  • AD

    @dan it does not matter why he turns it over… He just does. If this was westbrook, the media would be all over him. Im tired of all the bs dictated from the media.. How does a pg in the nba not know how to dribble… Jlin fears great defenses and it clearly shows….. Hes not a bum but something needs to change.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Westbrook isn’t a point guard either…

  • RunNGun

    I love how the in the Eastern Conference, you can have a losing record like the Knicks and still make the playoffs. D’Antoni’s offensive schemes are so easy to understand for everyone not named Melo. He needs to get with the program.

  • AD

    cosing @tmoney but they need a pg to get him the ball under pressure and jlin is struggling….

    what happened to toney douglas? he wasnt badd

  • dan

    @AD: i think lin would be better off the bench. davis and shumpert should start and lin and fields should come off the bench as soon as melo sits because they just dont work together. they are better out there with stat and chandler or just the rest of the second group. then lin would almost only face other backup point guards and would be more productive then. dantoni allready spoke about this option and i hope he sets up this rotation in the not too distant future.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    grass aint always greener on the other side melo.

  • http://fedorasale.com LinLin

    @dan I totally agree with you even though I am a Lin’s fan. Let me come off the bench and be the “Linsanity” with the second unit. He is not compatible with Melo (not many are anyway).

  • ClydeSays

    Melo in Denver & D’Antoni in Phx had the most success when they had a strong PG running things. I don’t know if Davis or Lin is the answer. Even if this all gets figured out by the Playoffs, you’ve still got a team where 2 or 3 of the guys on the court aren’t playing effective D. That won’t take them very far unless they make some changes.

  • http://averysmith.org Avery Smith

    I would NOT start baron Davis. An offense starting both Davis and Melo? Will they be in the Garden or Rucker Park? We need cats that run plays. Lin can run a play a lot better than Baron. As far as Melo. He needs to adjust. Period. Greats can adapt and change their gain depending on the situation. Perfect examples are Ray Allen, who transitioned from a slasher scorer to an off-ball jump shooting juggarnaut, and Kobe, who in game 7 of the 2010 NBA finals scored like 6 points but copped 17 rebounds to beat the Celtics. Even His Airness developed a fade-away in his later stages. Think about it y’all. Melo’s game isn’t rocket science. He’s shoot first, plays below he basket, and does a trillion spin moves. If he’s supposed to be great, then he’s got to become what the offense needs, not the other way around.

  • Top$helf

    Problem with Melo is he’s a one trick pony if his shot ain’t falling and he’s not scoring what else does he bring to the table go get 12 rebounds 7 assists 3 steals and lock your man up just cause the coach says you dnt have to play D doesn’t mean you’re not allowed too

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    What happen to Lin? LMFAO

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Red, you tell me?

  • Kirk

    Melo stop blaming your inability to put the ball in the basket on the new offense. You have been missing an inordinate amount of jump shots. You can’t go 2 for 12 and than blame in on the new offense. Bull man. Get your head into the game, work on your game, I don’t care if you have to take 100 jump shots before the game, than do it. Kobe still takes 100 shots before the game, what’s your problem. I will tell you what your problem is. You have become to complacent! Yes, complacent, big contract, big city, maybe overwhellming you some, huh. Look if you want to go down in the laurels of NY Knick basketball like the greats, i.e. debussure, bradley, reed, frazier, monroe, lucas, and who could forget king, than start acting like it. 2 for 12 is not acceptable.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Oh no, Red the hater is here, Hide the women and children!


    The Knicks losing is like darkness, and Red comes out of the woodwork to take pleasure in our pain. :( Someone turn on the lights!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    it makes no sense that they would just hand the offense over to Jeremy Lin. Melo should be the focal point of the offense, ALWAYS. Then Amar’e. Then if those two are sitting then run the offense through Lin.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    lights please, lights please, turn on the lights

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    He was struggling before Lin was inserted into the lineup, so……..

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    It seems like Amare is FINALLY finding his game. I think Lin is trying TOO hard to get Melo involved in the offense as opposed to running around and finding the open man. Not to mention have you seen how hard heads have been fouling Lin whenever he drives into the paint? Lin is a marked man. It’s only going to get tougher on the kid. As far as Melo goes, he hasn’t found his shot and needs to focus on taking it hard to the rim until he does. Melo knows he doesn’t have the power or speed like LeBron and because of that Melo stays getting stuffed or trying to lay it up instead of slamming it down. Truth be told, they need a better coach to figure out how to maximize their game and who isn’t scuuurred to tell Melo to stop taking shots and take it to the rim and get fools in foul trouble…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/03/deshawn-stevenson-lebron-didn%e2%80%99t-play-like-he-should-have-played-in-nba-finals/ bike

    Well, the Lin party had to come to an end sometime. Another week or two of bad play by Melo and Knicks will unearth the closet haters. Then will come the Linevitable headline: Flash Lin the Pan?.

  • http://dennysisforwinners.blogspot.com DennysFishTacos

    No more Paul Pierce comparisons, because Pierce is five years younger and can take him any night of the week and twice on Sunday. Carmelo Anthony is the second-coming of Glenn Robinson.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    paul pierce is not younger than melo. and for the record melo can take paul. but whatever.

  • T-Money

    O: Melo can’t bang on dudes right now because he’s criminally out of shape! I haven’t seen him play above the rim this year at all.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Most criminals are in better shape than Melo.


    Melo’s out of shape? I don’t agree with that.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    who would have thought? nobody cares orange, and nobody is surprised either.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    Sorry Orange, Melo is tipping the scales more to the east than he was when he first came into the league. He’s not even hiding it either with those young ass jerseys he be rocking. And Melo’s had WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY more success than Glen Robinson. If Melo was able to figure out how to play with Billups he’ll figure out how to play with Lin.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    the biggest issue is d’antoni hasn’t been able to figure out how to play Melo since his arrival. that’s a fact.

  • http://slamonline Jimbo

    Melo is a pure scorer…. use that to your advantage d’antoni. Lin is good offensively but like @nbk said they should run the offence through melo


    All this Melo is out of shape talk is hilarious. He looks to be in great shape to me. I love his burst after all that time off he had to heal his groin. I believe Melo’s going to have a great second half of this season. Melo just need to stay focused on his defense, rebounding, and timely hooping during winning time. Everything else will fall into place.

  • JV#10

    Melo played well with Iverson in Denver. So it should not be such big issue playin with Lin. Both Iverson and Melo scored over 25 game. So maybe biggest issue is D´Antoni and his style.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Melo is literally having the worst season of his career. And he’s shooting 39%. For the so-called “best scorer in the league” he better be out of shape. Or he has regressed, and regressed an alarming amount.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yeah, Carmelo might be a rich man’s Glenn Robinson. Good comparison.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Considering Melo put up 26PPG in D’Antoni’s system in the same amount of games last season, I think it’s pretty clear that the guy is out of shape. Especially if you watch him without some replica New York blinders on like our dear resident troll who is more optimistic about the Knicks then Javale McGee’s Mom is about Javale McGee.


    There are a lot of factors why Melo hasn’t played well during this compressed 66 game lockout shortened season. Some of it’s been the team has been without a true point guard. Some of it’s injuries Melo’s suffered during this hectic season. Some of it’s guys figuring out how to play with each other on the fly. The Knicks are not just bringing Melo back into the starting lineup, but they’re bringing in JR Smith, Baron Davis and Josh Harrellson into the rotation off the bench. I wouldn’t be surprised if D’Antoni eventually started Baron Davis, and brought Lin off the bench to tell you the truth. Bottom line, still a lot of time to figure things out and be ready come playoff time.

  • MeloMan3.0

    Orange, I am probably Melo’s biggest supporter… I’ve watched him no stop for a decade now… and he is out of shape, its obvious. I don’t know what he did during the lock out, or maybe he’s taking too long to heal from his surgeries in the summer, but its clear that he’s out of shape. And it hurts my heart watching him go out there like this

  • red

    was there already another guy in here with the name Red? I rarely post.. I guess i’ll change my name.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    This is still D’Antoni’s fault. F’n play the damn team, even if you’re losing. When Miami tried to gel last year, they just played terrible fourth quarter basketball. But that’s how they got to the point they’re at today. You keep them out there until they learn to fix their mistakes. If keeping Melo on the bench is your playoff strategy, then I guess D’Antoni is doing the right thing. But if you’re just trying to win meaningless games when you’ll likely make the 8th seed at the very least, you’re wasting your time.

  • Da real

    Why is everyone so scared to keep it real?? They won all those games without him ( and Lin blew up the second he got hurt) and then he came back an the Knicks suck again. Lin is doing his thing and Baron and Amare look good. Shumpert and Smith are both playing well and Fields, Chandler and Novak are playing their respective roles. The problem is Melo. He’s not a team player and he doesn’t go hard half of the time. Say what you want about Lebron, but he plays hard every game. Get rid of Melo and the team will better, even if they get nothing back in return.

  • Cool Dude

    Stick melo in the second unit. The knicks were winning without him.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    I’m a hardcore Knicks fan, but there’s NO way you can compare the Stat/Melo combo to James and Wade. James and Wade are offensive and defensive beasts. Stat and Melo are offensive minded but aren’t beasts like dem South Beach boys. I wish they were, but they’re not. And as far as defense, Stat and Melo aren’t even defensive cubs much less defensive beasts. I give props to Stat for last night when they assigned Tyson to guard Dirk and Stat stepped up and requested that he guard him, but that about it. MAYBE they can turn into decent defensive players – like they claim they want to – but they need a coach to get on they ass about it on a daily basis. Knicks have an incredible amount of pieces to put together a championship team THIS season, but the coaching staff have no clue on how to put it together.

  • Mike Jones

    melo is the best pure score in the league. he is the best player in the triple threat situation. it has been a tough year with injuries hurting him to get into any kind of routine for the year, but it comes down to this when the knicks are in the playoffs are you going to want the ball in the second units hands, NO, are you going to want the ball in Lins hands, NO, Amare NO. THe team need to understand anthony is the franchise and he is a volume shooter he needs to be taking at least 20 shots a night. ANd the Fans need to get behind the man not get off him.
    Melo you are the Man.

  • http://Slamonline Jimbo

    Cosign @mike jones except that I would also prefer Lin and Amare if there are no other options.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    The Knicks need to conform to Melo. The Knicks will not go anywhere with Lin as the star of the team. Ask the other two teams that cut him. Flip Murray had the same kind of success first games in league. BOOK IT!!

  • David chacon

    Melo will be ok..they just need to fire d’antoni..and please get fields out of the starting unit, that guy should be coming off the bench. Start either shump or J.r. at the two.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Max stop it Lin is a superstar & Steve Nash’s poster child! Lol @hater, having an opinion=hater? KK stop listening to Hip Hop kid. And sorry Orange, you guys went ballistic with “Linsanity”, this is well deserved lol. Yeah @other Red, thanks.

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

    ^ Hating is having the opinion of a hater… And you’re like Dave Chappelle at the Player’s Hater’s Ball. Hate hate hate.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    And a hater would be..? Someone with an opinion that clashes with the majority view? K exactly idiot, lol.

  • Lan

    It was a tough loss vs Dallas. the Champions were treated with their due respect by the refs.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    LOL @ blaming the refs, the Knicks really are delusional.

  • da real

    @Mike Jones, Jimbo, 8 years in and you still dont see what Melo really is?? CANCER! I would not be surprised if more than half of the teams in the league didnt want him. You think Indy wants him?? They winning games with Granger and Hibbert. Thats half of what NY has. Its not Dantoni, he gives everyone the green light and dont wild out over D like vangundy and adelman. If you cant get off in this system its on you. Get rid of MELO!!!!!!

  • Robin

    They just suck this season. Horrible. I blame them for the Knicks failure so far this season. They have to step up BIG TIME….

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Called Anthony Glenn Robinson a long time ago…

  • Matt Park

    At least he’s admitting it and he seems open to playing together with Amar’e AND Lin… I think the Knicks can figure it out. They just need to feed Anthony in the post more, use him as the pick-and-roll handler, and let him do his thing by creating space on a side of the floor and clearing out. I mean, let ‘Melo be…’Melo.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    WOW! The Knicks are horrible without Chandler and Jared. No one wants to play big D! Are they homophobes? (Get it? Big D?) We might HAVE to trade Chandler and Melo for big D. Howard if we want a shot at the title. Even though i’d prefer a Dwight/Melo combo over a Dwight/Stat duo. But a trade might – depending on the deal – would free up some cap space to gas up Deron this summer to link up with NYC.

  • anynomous

    Hopefully, Melo figures it out by the PO. The knicks should be more concerned about their defense though. That`s problem #1. They`re giving up over 100 points too easily and the opposing point guards (hint: lin`s counterparts) are lighting them up right now – dwill, rondo, parker. Dallas` PG would`ve lit them up if they had one. Problem #2 is: Having too many guys who need the ball in order to be effective – lin, Melo, stat, bdavis and jr. Problem #3 is: Having too many guards who all expect some real playing time – jr, bdavis, novak, douglas (has no role), lin, shumpert, fields. Problem #4 is: Having your most important players be your most injury-prone players. Problem #5: Lack of offensive fluidity. Problem #6: Too high of expectations – a product of living in NY and the claims by dantoni, stat, and bdavis that they are championship contenders…. the list goes on and on.

  • Drig

    anynomous…………..Doesn’t half of the things you said fall on the heads of Mike D and GM?

  • Justin G.

    @anynomous…Is it really Lin’s fault that those point guards you named are lighting them up? You’ve just named three of the top 5-7 point guards in the league. They do that to everyone. And does anyone else see the humour in Orange telling someone else they have “delusions of grandeur”?

  • Dingo Rob

    Start Melo on the bench for 2 games

  • dan

    we cant judge anything by the “game” last night. obviously the knicks just came out to help the spurs run their layup drills

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  • Mooney10

    Melo cannot do anything unless he has the ball, that is the sad reality of his game. He doesn’t play defense, he is stagnant without the ball and he doesn’t pass, haven’t seen him get consecutive assists in like 20 games, needs to go back to basics and figure that you don’t have t take 20 shots a game to be effective, get to the line!

  • Mike From Spain

    I always thought that the Knicks should have gone for an elite PG and not for Melo, much better fit. The frontcourt is settled, the wings are great energy and defensive minded young ones, the missing link was the PG until Lin emerged. But before Lin emerged, I did not think Melo was a good fit. I don’t remember if the Knicks could get Deron at some point, now that he’s in the same conference it is more difficult but…

  • bakers’-dozen

    They had Billups…a totally elite PG. They let him walk. Stupid decisions all around. But Denver is thanking NYK for the players and flexibility. :)

  • doyouwantmore

    The new Knicks offense is called “winning”. (I love Carmelo’s game but he don’t seem to like doing the things that it takes to win, he likes doing what it takes to succeed…two very different things)

  • Riggs

    Melo under D’antoni’s system is horrible.

  • RunNGun

    Naw…. Knicks offense is (s)HUMPERT, (s)TAT, (o)R (l)IN. Melo doesn’t fit in that equation since he stops ball movement.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    Anyone else here think that maybe this particular Knicks team is better suited for a Triangle Offense??

  • Johnny Rodriguez

    Trade the COACH. This isn’t a player issue or performance it is a coaching issue. Fire the coach…… NBA players needs leadership,directions, motivation and commitment to DEFENSE.

  • Bullfrogballer

    The coach has to be a little more adaptable with his offense and play to Melo’s strengths… D’antonio has never coached an iso first kind of player. Just look at his most successful players they have mostly all been spot up shooters or benifited from pick and roll situations… I’m sorry but this is all on coach not on Melo…