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Saturday, May 5th, 2012 at 1:00 pm  |  37 responses

Report: Mike Woodson Wants Carmelo Anthony to Get in Better Shape


The Knicks’ season is just about over, which means, believe it or not, it’s almost time to start looking ahead to next season—and, according to the NY Post, New York’s head coach is already doing so: “With Carmelo Anthony facing his eighth first-round playoff exit in nine seasons Sunday, Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson issued a challenge to the star forward to come back in better shape next season. According to a person familiar with the situation, Woodson would like Anthony to shed some weight before training camp. Anthony, who has been outclassed by the Heat’s LeBron James in this first-round disaster, has the worst NBA playoff winning percentage, .308 (a record of 16-36), for any player who has been in at least 50 games. ‘Expectations aren’t going to change in New York, you know that,’ Woodson said. ‘They shouldn’t. Rightfully so. Anthony’s going to have to raise his game. He’s got to do things this summer to better his game — as well as Tyson [Chandler] and Amar’e [Stoudemire]. If I’m the head coach here, I have to make sure it happens. It’s the only way to get out of the rut in terms of him being a first-round exit. He’s got to change that.’ With the Knicks trailing the Heat 3-0, Anthony is shooting 34.4 percent in the series (22 of 64). He is 1 of 9 from 3-point range. In seven playoff games as a Knick, all defeats, he is shooting 36.2 percent.”

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

    when it comes to eye brows, he is the anti anthony davis

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    No, when it comes to eyebrows, Charlie Villanueva is the anti Anthony Davis.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    carmelo will get woodson fired for this

  • MeloMan15

    so do i

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    Anyone would agree with Woodson, but outside of deflecting blame for this debacle of a series I don’t get why this would get out to the media. When you’re in a playoff series you shouldn’t criticize your star players’ fitness, even if you are in a 3-0 hole.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    So he’s basically calling Melo fat?

  • MUBWAR

    well is that a lie? Melo is a bit chubby. maybe that’s why he’s so effective in the post. keep trowing that weight around.

  • 23

    as a heat fan, i cannot understand any criticism towards melo for THIS series. hes the sole reason the knicks are relevent today. without melo imagine how much more ugly this series would be. who would put up points for nyk? blame amare for his studpidity. blame davis for being old. blame bad luck for jeremy and imans injury and for tysons health. melo is lacking in many areas, but i just see it as insane to criticize the only dude who looks interested to win this series. so many other people to mention before melo.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    The truth is, this team sucks. Melo has been producing best he can. The DPOY sucks, Amare sucks, Shump was a huge loss, Lin wasn’t a big loss.

  • http://abcnews.com charliewinning

    Melo is fat. He has been for a few years now. Woodson isn’t wrong. And he didn’t tell the media; this was a leak. So get off his back about it because he isn’t lying.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    “Anthony’s going to have to raise his game. He’s got to do things this summer to better his game” – bottom line, you shouldn’t be talking about summer while you’re still alive in the playoffs.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Look at Mike Woodson trying to be like Phil Jackson. Can’t imagine D’Antoni saying this. He’s soft like a baked potato. lol

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

    Red umad bro?

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Ted can suck a dong. A couple yrs ago, melo looked to be in great shape. That has slipped, I blame lala.

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

    That’s cute… umad bro? Feel strong after killing some innocent deer? Don’t say I didn’t warn you when you end up with lyme disease. Oh and make sure you cook up some wild boar. Lots of tapeworms… Just the way you hunters like it out in Kansas ;) .

  • Jerome

    Should start calling him marshMelo.

  • Danger Powers

    23…..”studpidity”…..ironyyyyy

  • backboard

    T-Mac V2.0 Quick, somebody check McGradys winning percentage….

  • MUBWAR

    forget mcgrady backboard. be4 this season with the hawks, he went to the playoff 7 times and existed in the 1st round in all of them. disgraceful kind like Melo

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    Woodson is right to push Anthony but here’s the thing: you can’t teach drive. Anthony has all the skillset but does he have the drive? I don’t think so. That stuff comes from within. Anthony will say all the right things but I just don’t see a championship anytime soon. (Sorry Knicks fans)

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Are you 13 ‘bro’? Gtfo

  • jayb

    first off i would not do this in the media but woodson does have a point. melo should be in good shape..he is playing on dream team and i would hope some of his teammates work ethic will rub off on him..that said i would have done this behind closed doors. on a side bar, i would think melo would be in great shape..i would be doing nightly cardio every night with wifey if dudes know where i am going with this one!

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

    Red I’m just saying… Your haterade doth floweth.

  • FLIGHT 9

    Carmelow should be traded to the bobcats for a lottery pick. With bobcats he can score 40 a game with ease. Just ain’t gonna work in NY bro.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    MarshMelo – I like!

  • AQWORD

    MarshMellow wins.

  • AsadSaleh3

    Melo should learn how to do something else other than isolate and shoot.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    There is constructive criticism and then there is just plain ol’ hate. I see more hate in these comments section than I do constructive criticism. Melo is a phenominal player. There is no question about this. He just needs to continue to mature and work on his game. I’m glad he’s a Knick, and I’m proud of him for how he’s grown between the ears this season. When he looks back on his career, he’ll look at 2012 as a turning point.

  • barnabusb

    Carmelo is one of those weird out-of-shape-but-still-effective NBA players. Like Paul Pierce. They look soft and slow but they still manage to get their shots off and score when it counts, usually.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    You know what hate is? Me saying someone should die. Now that’s hate, an opinion is a opinion no matter what you say or feel. You may not like my opinion, and because of that you label me a ‘hater’ which by your logical makes you one too. Funny how that works huh.

  • AQWORD

    ^^^^ Word to RED on that one.^^^^

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    AQWORD, you shouldn’t being giving your opinion of what is and isn’t a hater, when you say things like, “I’d laugh hard if Kobe really went for it & blew his knee on the last game of the season.” smh

  • http://slamonline.com Big D

    MarshMello…..haaa. brilliant

  • deadbored

    41 points idiots. and won game 4! so eat it all up!

  • ratman23

    He also lost the three previous games by shooting 1.like s**t 2.everytime he got the ball …..so stop the d***riding.

  • Boogers

    he won a playoff game against the heat. stop hating

  • @23

    The beginning of your comment explains why the rest of it is so stupid.

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