Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 11:45 am  |  34 responses

Mike Woodson Says Carmelo Anthony Not Getting Superstar Calls

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

So far in this young NBA season, Carmelo Anthony is shooting 7.5 free throws a night (slightly down from his 7.6 FTA last year, and a career average of 7.8 attempts.)

Melo has complained about not getting similar calls to other marquee players, and Mike Woodson thinks the refs are robbing his superstar — Anthony is tied for fifth in the L for trips to the line.

While discussing the New York Knicks’ heartbreaking 103-96 overtime loss to the visiting Indiana Pacers, the head coach said Anthony was fouled when he attempted (and missed) a potential game-winning shot against Paul George late in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night.

Per Newsday:

Mike Woodson believes that Carmelo Anthony isn’t getting the favorable whistles many superstars get from the referees. “Absolutely not,” Woodson said Thursday on ESPN Radio. “I’m not going to shy away from that either. I think Melo gets hit more than ever.”

“I’ve been at this thing 30 years,” Woodson said. “Sometimes I’m starting to wonder what’s a foul and what’s not a foul. What are you going to do? They can’t see everything and I understand that. Sometimes they miss calls. I thought he got bumped on it. Hell, he didn’t get the call so we have to move on.” [...] “He is a gifted offensive player who has the knack to draw contact and get fouled,” Woodson said. “The offense normally has the advantage when you’re making plays at the rim. Melo draws a lot of contact, there’s no doubt about that, but he comes up empty sometimes.”

The numbers show that on attacks to the cup, Carmelo Anthony gets fewer whistles than say, James Harden and LeBron James. But it’s also worth noting that Melo is an extremely physical player, who often initiates the contact with defenders.

League disciplinarians may soon be in touch with Woodson for calling out the refs, adding yet another headache for the sputtering Knicks (3-8).

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  • Caboose

    Oh good god, who could possibly want these Knicks to win?

  • Dfrance

    Offensive players that draw fouls are usually the ones initiating contact. The fact that Melo initiates contact and is physical should have no bearing on whether he gets calls or not.

    But watching the last two Knick games on TV, teams definitely get away with roughing him up, especially in the post and on offensive rebounds.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    IAMORANGE4EVER if you remember that crazy ass dude who used to comment on here.

  • Blarmac

    Maybe a little off topic, but do you know who does get a lot of calls? Harden. So Melo, grow a beard?

  • Jay Cutler

    I’m not sure that solves the most important of the Knicks problems.

    But like I’ve said before. This isn’t personal to Melo. Strong, big bodied superstars like Dwight and Shaq have long had this problem because they don’t writhe as much when they get clobbered.

  • Sérgio

    First of all, Dwight whines like a little girl.

    And second, what about James? Probably stronger than Melo, and gets A LOT of calls.

  • swill

    he realizes that when he complains that melo doesn’t get superstar calls he’s essentially complaining that he gets treated fairly, right?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Carmelo not really playing like a superstar anyway

  • swill

    also, he does get superstar treatment in the form of getting away with offensive fouls on basically every. damn. play.

  • spit hot fiyah

    his attempts are down by .1 from last year. and .3 from his career avg. has he been getting robbed his whole career or is he just getting what he deserves? that was for woodson, who will not read this thread

  • Mike T.

    I think he’s not getting the calls because he’s too strong. He definitely intiates some contact, draws a foul, and goes up to score whereas other marquee players would show the foul affecting them more. Maybe Melo should start to act a little like his peers although I would respect him less….

  • davidR

    dude was loyal

  • i_ball

    Shout out to James Harden :D

  • hubertdavisfor3

    It has a lot to do with angles and body movement.

    Harden knows how to take advantage of the way the game is officiated, and it’s starting to get unnerving. It isn’t his fault, but something needs to be done. He has very long strides (similar to durant), and knows the angles well on where to draw contact. The real problem is that all he’s doing half the time is knocking into a defender and flailing his arms. That isn’t basketball. That’s taking advantage of the officiating.

    Carmelo doesn’t have the long strides, and seemingly doesn’t get the attention he deserves inside when he gets clobbered by multiple defenders. On average I’d say he should be drawing 2 more shooting fouls per game. I don’t care if he creates space with his bully ball mentality. The officials aren’t calling offensive fouls there, so it’s LEGAL. And hey, guess what? 4 more trips to the line per game = a more efficient carmelo, and less ridicule on his game.

  • Max

    That dude was kinda funny tho.
    Crazy but funny.

  • thebossman15
  • Mike T.

    Couldn’t agree more!

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the James who shoots less free throws?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Yea he def made me laugh a lot that’s for sure

  • bball knowledge

    If scoring 30pts and grabbing 18 rebounds against Indiana on Wednesday is not superstar play I dont know what superstar play is.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Is that how superstars are measured now a days?

  • Olemrac

    He’s not, and never has been, a superstar.

  • bball knowledge

    Tell that to Kevin Durant…

  • bball knowledge

    hes putting in the effort its just that his team is lackluster and chandler is out with injury.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    These are called excuses.

  • bball knowledge

    These are called facts.

  • Mike Woodson

    Interesting, I never thought about it like that. I will re-evaluate my position at once.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    If the context were “why do the Knicks suck” sure. Along with Carmelo hasn’t been playing like a superstar.

  • James Dolan

    You’re fired

  • Lloyd

    Initiating contact and playing physical are two different things though. When Melo posts up, he plays so strong down low that giving him foul calls looks kind of ridiculous. He definitely should get those calls if Lebron and Harden are though.

  • brothasdontsurf

    Melo has the nicest offensive repertoire in the game.

  • Will Lee

    Cuz he ain’t one

  • Castrovi

    Lol whoever yall are u guys stupid.