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Reminded that Melo just isn’t among the NBA’s truly elite players

Just short
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Just short Photo: Getty Images

Just short
Photo: Getty Images

There are some moments that bring things to light that you knew were there. Instances that provide clarity based on contrast. Last night’s Knicks-Bulls game was one of those occasions. It was a subtle reminder to any of those delusional Knicks fans (of whom there are droves) that NO, Carmelo Anthony isn’t among the NBA’s truly elite.

Now, now, calm down ‘Bockers backers. This is not an indictment of Anthony’s missed jumper last night. Nor am I claiming that Rose’s make and Melo’s miss signify anything. It’s not about Rose versus Anthony in any way (both of them weren’t particularly good last night anyway). Instead, it was just a point that triggered this notion in my mind. The notion that Knicks fans just need to remind ourselves of what Carmelo Anthony is — a gifted and prolific scorer who can at times dominate a game in the offensive halfcourt. And what he is not — a top 5 or even top 10 all-around NBA superstar who you expect to control a game when it matters most.

The last sentence makes it sound like I’m insinuating that Anthony isn’t clutch. That’s not the case either. People miss jumpers. He’s made a lot of big ones too. It’s more just the feeling. Yes, I’m talking totally unscientifically here with no super-sophisticated stats. IT’S MY OPINION. There are players in this league who you watch that transcend the level of play on the court. Those players dictate the tempo, feel and, ultimately, on so many occasions, own the outcome of the game. LeBron. Durant. CP3. Kobe. Even players like Westbrook, Rose, Curry and Irving when at the top of their respective games. These are guys who you think to yourself at those crucial moments “he’s got this.” Because, so many times, those players do.

I’ve never felt that way with Carmelo Anthony. I still don’t. He’s undoubtedly one of the best scorers in the NBA. There are periods where he is simply an unstoppable one-on-one player. The basket is like the ocean. It’s incredible to watch. Fans just need to appreciate that for what it is…and Anthony for who he is…and isn’t..


  1. Kit

    December 4, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    A simple team with no depth doesn’t need a full tnniriag camp, just needs its individuals to be in shape. However, they can’t adjust once someone figures out how to beat them in the playoffs.On the flip side, a deep team whose success depends on the entire roster (yet has also had a huge overhaul) will need some time to jell.Not really sure what result you expected today. But Miami still has the record for worst blowout loss right after raising a banner.

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