Carmelo Anthony says he is only called selfish because of Jeremy Lin
As Carmelo Anthony continues his torrid pace at the Olympics, one word constantly keeps being brought up….selfish. Truth be told, Carmelo Anthony has never been selfish- ask his coaches. It wasn’t until the big, bright lights of New York City and the microscope it brings, that ‘Melo since has been called selfish.
Via the USA Today:
-With the U.S. men’s team, Anthony has been anything but selfish. He’s been a team player, willing to do whatever it takes: play defense, rebound, pass, score. He’s been one of the best all-around players in international competition.
-”I told him when he went to New York (in a much-publicized trade from the Denver Nuggets) if they don’t win, he’ll get the blame because that’s the way it works in New York,” said U.S. men’s basketball assistant Jim Boeheim, who coached Anthony at Syracuse for one season in 2002-03.
Let’s be honest, this assessment has been spot on with Carmelo Anthony. Have we unfairly labeled Carmelo? True, he hasn’t won anything, coupled with a slew of first round exits. However, he did play his first 8 years in a stacked Western Conference, routinely going up against the likes of the Lakers, Spurs, and Suns.
Carmelo Anthony had this to say about him being called selfish:
-”Let’s be frank about it,” he said. “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.”
-”Now that I’m in the spotlight a lot more being in New York City, you’ve got multiple opinions,” Anthony told USA TODAY Sports. “You’ve got everybody saying something about this, about that. For me, just play ball.
-”What I realized, first of all, is to keep my mouth shut and just play ball. At the end of the day, there’s no way you can go back and forth with everybody’s opinion. I realize that.”
Anthony has accepted the consequences that come with being the man in New York. Regardless if it’s fair or not, when you play under the big lights and the market of a New York City, you’re expected to deliver.
-”Lin came and we started winning games and then we started losing games, and they could only point to one thing, which is me, the leader of the team,” Anthony said. “They’re not going to point to Amar’e. They’re not going to point to (guard) Iman Shumpert. They’re going to point to me. I accept that. It doesn’t bother me.”
Coach Boeheim summed it up best:
-”There is this misconception of who he is and what he is,” Boeheim said. “This is what he does. I don’t think you should get criticized for doing what I, as a coach, want him to do, which is to score. It’s wrongful criticism. I don’t see trying to do your job as being selfish. If you have Carmelo Anthony, you want him to get the ball and you want him to score.”