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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.

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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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Carmelo Anthony reportedly told media Chris Paul will be a Knick in a couple years

Before Chris Paul was traded to the Clippers, there was a lot of talk about him going to New York to create a new big three along with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. As we know, things rarely ever turn out the way people expect them to. Paul is a free agent after next season, and while he has been reportedly recruiting players to come to the Clippers he says he intends to weigh his options in free agency when the year ends. Is there still a possibility of CP3 winding up in New York? We know he loves playing with Blake Griffin and the Clippers have a young core that is only going to improve, but it sounds like Anthony is still holding out hope.

With the way their cap situation looks, it’s unlikely the Knicks would be able to bring a big three together. If Paul signs with the Knicks it would mean they are trading either ‘Melo or Amar’e. CP3 turned down the Clippers’ recent offer of three years and $60 million, but that’s probably because they can offer him a five-year deal when he becomes a free agent next year. My gut tells me he’ll stay in L.A., which would be the smart thing to do given the current state of the Knicks and Clippers. However, we have learned on multiple occasions in the past that things aren’t always that simple. After all, they did already make the toast.

H/T Sports by Brooks Live

Carmelo Anthony says his ‘time is coming’ for a title

Breaking weight-loss news, guys. Carmelo Anthony has reportedly dropped 12 pounds since the Knicks’ season ended in the first round of the playoffs. Because if there was only one Carmelo criticism it would be that he’s too fat.

But Melo has been training for the Olympics with Tyson Chandler in Los Angeles. Both Knicks recently had dinner with Jeremy Lin and head coach Mike Woodson, and they were impressed by Anthony’s new svelte look.

“I’m exceeding expectations,” Anthony said, according to the New York Post. “They were kind of shocked to see me down in weight. They came to my workout, saw it. They’re actually excited how much hard work I’ve put in since the season ended.”

It’s all part of the new Carmelo who’s now even more determined to finally get that elusive first championship. Now that Chris Bosh and LeBron James are at last ringed-up, as evidenced by last week’s champagne showers, Carmelo is the only player drafted in the top five of that vaunted 2003 draft yet to win a title. (Yes, even Darko has one.) But he seems to believe that should take care of itself soon.

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Carmelo Anthony says he’s ‘excited’ to reunite with Mike D’Antoni at Olympics

Tension? What tension? After the way Mike D’Antoni’s tenure in New York ended earlier this season, there were many who believed Carmelo Anthony could be facing an uphill climb if he hopes to make the 2012 Team USA Olympic roster. D’Antoni resigned from his Knicks position back in March and is the assistant coach on the US Team. It was assumed at the time that Carmelo played a huge hand in D’Antoni’s decision and that the higher-ups associated with USA Basketball were unhappy about it, but ‘Melo insists there is no bad blood between him and his former coach. In fact, he claims he’s excited for the reunion.

“It’ll be good to reunite with him,” Anthony said Monday at a Team USA promotional event according to the NY Daily News. “When he left there wasn’t any bad blood between me and him.

“He was a big part of the ’08 win, and he’s there again. I’m actually excited about going over there and trying to win a gold medal with him again.”

‘Melo may be “excited” to compete for another gold medal and he and D’Antoni may even be prepared to put their differences aside. That being said, there are few who will believe that there was actually no bad blood between the two at the time of D’Antoni’s resignation. Coaching may have taken its toll on D’Antoni and he obviously felt the struggling Knicks would be better off without him, but it was no secret coach and superstar could not coexist. Since D’Antoni is not the head coach for Team USA, and the roster filled from top to bottom with superstars, London is an entirely different set of circumstances.

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Carmelo Anthony, Knicks meet with Trayvon Martin’s family

Carmelo Anthony was one of a number of NBA players, including all of the Miami Heat, who have expressed their support for the family of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose slaying has become a national story. On Friday, before the Knicks’ home game against the Wizards, Anthony and his teammates hosted Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and older brother, Jahvaris Fulton, who were in town for an interview with Anderson Cooper, on a visit to the team’s locker room.

“It was a blessing and honor,” Anthony said, according to the New York Post. “We all know the tragedy that happened. Bringing them to the locker room in the back, meeting all the players, meeting the coaches. We had no media there. It was something I wanted to do. I lost my sister last year so I know how it feels.

“He didn’t even want to stay for the game. He wanted to see ‘The Lion King.’ But for them to be there, it meant a lot.”

Anthony tweeted the above picture with the message “One love.”

There’s no denying how much of a wonderful move this was on Anthony’s part. It almost makes you forget how he allegedly ran Mike D’Antoni out of town.

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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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