Carmelo Anthony Determined to Be an All-Around Player

The days when Carmelo Anthony scores 40 points en route to a Knicks victory are over, so he claims.

The New York Knicks star is determined to focus less on the offensive end this upcoming season and wants to be more of an all-around player. Anthony is known for his offensive explosion, but people criticize him for being too one-dimesional. Anthony can improve on the defensive end of the court and there is no question he needs to trust his teammates more.

Anthony spoke to the New York Post and he talked about his mentality heading into the 2012-13 NBA season.

“I’m done trying to score 35, 40 points to win the basketball game. I don’t want that role anymore. I can do it. That’s what I do. But in order for this team to be successful, for guys we have right now, we need a more well-rounded team. If I have to sacrifice on the offensive end, I’m willing to do it. It’s easy for me to sit here and say it. But this year it’s going to be locking in and doing it as the leader of this team.’’

There will be games where the Knicks need Anthony to go on a scoring rampage, something that ever superstar will eventually have to do. However, finding a balance of scoring and passing is what separates the great players from the elite. LeBron James is a prime example of someone who can score when his team needs him to, but can also pass the ball when opportunities arise.

Anthony is coming off an amazing Olympic performance and Knicks fans are hoping he can carry that momentum into the 2012-13 season. He is clearly motivated to become an all-around player, but only time will tell if Anthony can back up his words.

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