Amar’e Stoudemire: Carmelo Anthony More Clutch Than LeBron James

by October 12, 2011

It’s not exactly breaking news from STAT here — Carmelo might very well be the most clutch player in the entire NBA — as Stoudemire says he’d want Anthony on his team over James due to Melo’s late-game heroics. From the NY Post: “Amar’e Stoudemire said he would choose Carmelo Anthony as a teammate over LeBron James, saying Melo is more of a clutch late-game shooter. Stoudemire, who made a whirlwind ESPN tour yesterday on a sneaker crusade, was asked bluntly whom he’d want on his team – King James or Melo. ‘I’m going Carmelo Anthony, baby,’ Stoudemire said. ‘Carmelo is a clutch player,’ Stoudemire said. ‘Carmelo is definitely known for making those last-second shots. Comes down to the last few minutes of a game, you want to have Carmelo on your team. LeBron is a great facillitator and ultimate team player.’ … There’s concern Stoudemire was frustrated early on sharing the spotlight –and the ball – with Melo. But Amar’e has never aired that publicly and he realizes Anthony’s clutch shooting is the key to their title hopes. In Miami Saturday in the barnstorming exhibition at FIU, Anthony hit the biggest shot – a game-tying trey with two seconds left, sending the game to overtime. ‘Carmelo definitely stepped up and played some defense when he came to New York and took on a leadership role and we started to win some games,’ Stoudemire said.”