Carmelo Anthony says Mike Woodson holds players more accountable than Mike D’Antoni did

Like any other superstar, Carmelo Anthony gives off the impression that he doesn’t want to be told what to do. He wants to be “the guy” on whatever team he plays for, and it was obvious that he couldn’t be that guy when Mike D’Antoni was coaching the Knicks. D’Antoni’s offense — which is predicated on point guards running the show — never sat well with Carmelo. Whether he forced D’Antoni out of town or not, it is no secret that Melo was less than thrilled with the way his former coach was utilizing his skills.

Now that Mike Woodson has taken over, Anthony seems a bit more content. He has already admitted that he has more focus and energy, and on Tuesday he told the Michael Kay Show that he enjoys the way Woodson holds players more accountable than D’Antoni did.

“I think now guys – we was almost forced to come together as a team and we was under the gun when (Mike Woodson) came on,” Anthony said as Sports Radio Interviews pointed out. “The biggest thing now is he holds guys accountable on the basketball court regardless of who it is like myself, Amar’e, Tyson (Chandler), Jeremy (Lin). Regardless of who it is he holds guys accountable. That’s big especially in this day and age.”

Carmelo added that holding guys accountable was not D’Antoni’s personality — not that it was a bad thing. The bottom line is Melo didn’t have enough control nor enough scoring opportunities with D’Antoni in charge. For him to imply that he enjoys playing under Woodson more because Woodson isn’t afraid to yell at superstars seems absurd.

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    “For him to imply that he enjoys playing under Woodson more because Woodson isn’t afraid to yell at super stars seems absurd.” I respectfully disagree. Take the Spurs for instance. Coach Pop is notorious for screaming at Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker at halftime. He demands perfection from everyone, and it shows. In all my years as a Spurs fan I’ve never seen a half decent player want to leave San Antonio. Tony Parker resigned with the team not too long ago. He could have gone virtually anywhere he wanted and gotten paid more, yet he chose to stay in SA. Spurs players seem to be happy and no one holds their team’s superstars more accountable than Coach Pop. I can see how Anthony would enjoy it. Any time Amare or Lin screw up, they’re going to hear about it. If I were Carmelo, I’d be happy about it. It can be tough telling the other allstars on the team that they need to step it up.