Walt Frazier says Carmelo Anthony needs to be more like LeBron James

  • Andy Flint

Former Knicks’ guard and current TV analyst for MSG, Walt “Clyde” Frazier, had some opinions to lend about the current state of the New York Knicks and one of those opinions involves Carmelo Anthony becoming more like LeBron James.

The belief is that Carmelo needs to become more of a two-way player, or a jack of all trades, much like LeBron James has been in Miami, or even back to his days with the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron simply does it all. He’s a threat from various spots on the offensive end and he also gets it done on defense, something Carmelo Anthony has been publicly crucified for not doing his entire NBA career.

“They better forget last year and do whatever it takes,” Frazier said of Anthony and Stoudemire. “They have to look at Miami and what LeBron James was able to do, Carmelo especially because James became the consummate player — defense, passing and whatever else it took for that team to get a championship.”

Walt has an interesting point about Anthony and expanding his game to become an impact player on both ends, but let’s be realistic here. Not every player has what it takes to play both ends with the same tenacity as players like LeBron James, or Kobe Bryant. Carmelo has the tools to play offense with the best of them, but I’m not sure how his game would react if he attempts to change things enough to completely reinvent his defensive prowess.

It’s clear that the Knicks need to become a better defensive team, and the additions of Jason Kidd and Ramon Felton should help, along with Tyson Chandler’s presence, set a new pace for defensive basketball in the Big Apple. We saw how things changed when Mike Woodson took the helm, but not enough to realistically compete for the NBA crown.

“He’s a communicator, and he can relate to the players,” speaking of Woodson. “What I noticed right away when he came in last year was that players were listening to him, especially Carmelo. He seemed to turn around his whole game.”

The Knickerbockers biggest issue may lie with Amar’e Stoudemire. He has to produce on both ends, even more so that Carmelo, because the Knicks faithful saw what Stoudemire is capable of during his first season with the Knicks in 2010. The fans want that, the franchise needs that type of play from their $90 man. Amar’e needs to step it up and do what’s best for the Knicks moving forward.

“What if Amar’e is better coming off the bench?” Frazier said. “Will he accept that role?”

Many analysts have dabbled in the theory of Amar’e coming off the bench, but nothing really seems to point in the direction of that actually coming into fruition on the court.

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2 Responses to Walt Frazier says Carmelo Anthony needs to be more like LeBron James

  • Amare stoudemire has been to three western conference finals melo got out the first round of the playoffs ONE TIME and made one conference finals appearance, amare for his career is a 22 point 8 rebound player and shoots close to 50 percent and close to 80 percent from the foul line don’t get me wrong MELO is a prolific scorer yes but he has not the leadership qualities and is a bit immature In the respect amare went to a lottery team and brought immediate success with limited time and talent around him a team with amare on their roster should build around his strengths !,, why not has amare ever not been a force in the pick and roll offense? It has been proven successful all melo can do is isolate and rebound while he lacks passion on defense amare at least has the passion for defense he just isn’t skilled at it YOU NEED A SKILLED BIG MAN TO WIN melo needs amare for the kicks to be successful not vice versa. I’m sick of Amare gettin unfairly criticized you media people don’t understand the comfort of team chemistry and people playing to each others strengths, as well as the coach! Amare in 2008 -2009 season averaged two blocks a game! Amare has been in an fast paced up tempo offense where they shoot and get back he’s never been in a system where they apply intense defensive pressure and crash boards like Boston’s system. If anything the biggest problem lies with coach making sure the team plays to each of the stars strengths accordingly

  • Forget what Marbury said, Amare averaged 25 points a game for the season with Steve Nash and had 9 STRAIGHT 30 point games while he was the being the opponents focus point all before the Knicks acquired Melo then when they did get him the Knicks finished 14 and 14, before that, Amare was a top five MVP candidate

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