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Stephon Marbury: Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony can’t win together

The visions that Knicks fans had of the Larry O’Brien trophy over a year ago when the team signed Amar’e Stoudemire and then acquired Carmelo Anthony have all but disappeared. After more than a season of sub-.500 ball together, it’s starting to look like the Knicks need more than just ‘Melo and Amar’e to contend for a title. In fact, many wonder if they will have to get rid of one of their stars in order to do so.

Stephon Marbury believes they will. Simply put, Marbury doesn’t think Stoudemire and Anthony are a good fit together.

“Amare needs a point guard like Steve Nash (to thrive),” Marbury told ESPN New York on Wednesday. “He’s a pick-and-roll guy, a pick-and-pop guy. He can’t play in the half court where everything’s slowed down.”

Marbury has a point, and that became evident when Stoudemire thrived with ‘Melo on the bench and Jeremy Lin running the point. When asked if he believes Carmelo and Amar’e can win together, Stephon simply said “nope” before questioning the Knicks’ motivation behind trading for ‘Melo.

“I don’t know if (Knicks owner James) Dolan brought him in to win games or to make money,” he said. “I think it was to make money.”

Marbury has been known for saying some pretty crazy stuff and we know he hates the Knicks, but his assessment is actually spot-on here. Stoudemire relies on steady point guard play in order to thrive, and he doesn’t get that with a guy like Anthony who needs the ball in his hands most of the time. Will it ever work? Only time will tell, but at this point there’s no reason to believe it will.

Carmelo Anthony’s stop snitching drug video resurfaces in anti-Obama talks

carmelo lala anthonyWhat was supposed to be a joyous time for Carmelo Anthony turned into one where his past mistakes were rehashed. The five-time NBA All-Star was stoked to be a guest at President Barack Obama’s “Obama Classic” basketball-themed fundraiser on Wednesday, but instead he’s being mentioned in anti-Obama campaign talks because of his appearance in a 2004 “Stop Snitching” video.

Melo made headlines when he appeared in an underground “Stop Snitching” video in his hometown of Baltimore, Md., in 2004. The video preached police defiance and discouraged viewers from snitching on drug dealers by threatening them with violence. Melo’s appearance in the video suggested a tacit approval of its message. He denied that was the case.

“You watch music videos all day and see that,” he said. “You could say the same thing if I was in a music video. I’m not really concerned about it. … I don’t hang with drug dealers. I surround myself with good people.”

Melo’s appearance in the ’04 video has fueled recent anti-Obama talks.

The Weekly Standard published a blog post on Wednesday titled “Obama Fundraises with Maker of Pro-Drugs ‘Stop Snitchin’ Video.” The Washington Free Beacon expressed similar thoughts two weeks prior in a piece called “Stop Snitchin’, Start Donatin’.

I guess we can never underestimate the ability of people to dig up old dirt. That video was made eight years ago when Melo was 20 years old. I’m guessing he’d like to take it back. And even though he’s not exactly the most likable fellow in the sports world, he has worked hard to repair his image and stay out of trouble.

I was extraordinarily harsh on Melo in 2007 for his appearance in the video, but five years later even I’ve moved on. Maybe it’s time for everyone else to unless he gives us a reason to bring it back.

You can see a clip of the Stop Snitching video below, but be warned: it contains offensive content and language:

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U.S. upset over Argentina’s nut shot on Carmelo Anthony (Picture)

On paper, it appeared that the US men’s basketball team’s 126-97 win over Argentina in the final game before the knockout stage was a breeze. In many ways it was, but for Carmelo Anthony it was a bit more painful. As you can see from the screenshot above, Anthony took a shot to the groin as he was attempting a three-pointer at the end of the third quarter.

The three went in, but as the video at Eye on Basketball shows it certainly appeared that Argentina’s Facundo Campazzo threw an unneccesary below-the-belt shot as the buzzer sounded.

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Carmelo Anthony: Linsanity prompted the ‘selfish’ accusations

Carmelo Anthony is really hung-up on Jeremy Lin. The Knicks forward has been playing extremely well for Team USA at the Olympics, and that’s caused many people to reevaluate their opinion of him.

Coach K doesn’t understand why Melo gets a bad rap, but Anthony thinks he knows where it all started.

“Let’s be frank about it,” he said in an interview with USA Today. “When it comes to the Knicks, we’re talking about one particular point in time. We’re talking about the whole ‘Linsanity’ thing. That’s when it started. That’s when it started to escalate as far as people saying I was selfish.”

Although I believe Melo got an unfair share of the blame for the Knicks’ struggles upon his trade to New York, he’s flat-out wrong about his comments.

Melo has been considered somewhat of a ballhog since his first years in the NBA with the Nuggets. He’s always been an elite scorer, and he helped take Denver to the Western Conference Finals, but it’s well known that he takes a lot of shots and that ball movement often stops with him.

Things really were magnified after he was traded to the Knicks and the team began struggling. He simply was a bad fit for coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense, and that’s why the selfish accusations began. It didn’t start with Jeremy Lin, it only continued during Linsanity.

Regardless of what Melo may say about his relationship with Lin, it’s clear he has what Matt Moore at Pro Basketball Talk termed a “persecution complex” about the point guard.

H/T I am a GM

Carmelo Anthony and Mike D’Antoni seem to be getting along at the Olympics

When we last saw Mike D’Antoni, he was resigning as the Knicks coach, seemingly as the fall guy in an alleged contentious relationship with his star player Carmelo Anthony. That was in March.

Now, after moping around in his PJ’s, D’Antoni is an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski’s coaching staff for Team USA. A team that, oh by the way, Anthony is also a member of. Awkward? One would certainly assume so.

Even Anthony acknowledged that things between the two could have been weird. He and D’Antoni hadn’t spoken since the resignation until U.S. basketball convened for camp in Las Vegas earlier this month. That’s when they found themselves in a situation that forced them to break the ice.

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Carmelo Anthony: ‘Anything that happens in New York they blame me’

Looks like Carmelo Anthony is playing the “woe is me” card again.

There has been speculation that Melo did not want Jeremy Lin back with the Knicks and that that is one of the reasons the team didn’t match Houston’s offer sheet for the point guard. Speaking from London on Friday, Anthony denied that is the case.

“Believe it or not, I was one of the true supporters of Jeremy Lin,’’ Anthony said, according to the New York Post’s Marc Berman. “Whether it was staying or going to Houston. That’s not something I go out and brag and broadcast about. After he signed with Houston, I talked to him. He texted me, It was a great text. What he sent me meant a lot.

“Money talks, at the end of the day,’’ Anthony said, per the Post. “Houston threw something out there that he couldn’t refuse. The Knicks organization didn’t feel like they had to match it. I’m proud of him, happy for him. Just to see where he came from, see where he started and ending up back in Houston the team that let him go and put us in a position to let us acquire him. He’s back out there in a totally different situation and settlement. I wish him all the luck.’’

Melo termed the contract offer Lin received from the Rockets “ridiculous,” though it wasn’t clear if he was speaking about the entire 3-year $25.1 million deal, or just the “poison pill” third year worth nearly $15 million. He also called Lin the Knicks’ “Rudy” in February, which seems like a backhanded compliment. But Melo ignored all that when he painted himself as the victim.

“It is what it is,” Anthony said, per the New York Daily News. “Anything that happens in New York they blame me. I accept that. I don’t really worry about it to be honest with you.”

Anthony has been busy defending his character many times in recent months. Why? Because the Knicks haven’t met expectations and because he is their top player — the one they gave up so much to get.

Does he deserve all the blame he receives? Probably not. But we do believe he had issues with Mike D’Antoni, which he denies, and that he didn’t mesh with Lin. The two can still like each other, and Melo can still hope the best for Lin, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t want to be teammates with him. Anthony must think we can’t figure that out.

H/T I am a GM

Carmelo Anthony calls Jeremy Lin’s contract offer from Rockets ‘ridiculous’

Jeremy Lin has a three-year, $25 million contract lined up with the Rockets. The Knicks, whenever they feel like checking the fax machine, have the right to match that offer and retain Lin. And, for the longest time, they were expected to do just that, even if that meant putting themselves in even more dire financial straights.

But now it would appear the Knicks have changed their minds on Lin after trading for point guard Raymond Felton from the Blazers on Saturday. It’s still not clear what the Knicks have planned for Lin, but it’s believed they’ll let him escape to the Rockets.

When asked about this turn of events involving his team and arguably its most popular player last season, Carmelo Anthony said this to Newsday’s Rod Boone:

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