Carmelo Anthony: Is Knicks superstar selfish?

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His boneheaded foul on Dwight Howard aside, Thursday turned into a pretty good day for New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony.

Throughout the Knicks 3-5 start to the season, good days have been few and far between for Melo as he has had his struggles from the floor. But his 45 point effort on 17-for-30 shooting against the Houston Rockets was an encouraging sign.

However while Melo has had his struggles on the court this season, off the court his reputation has been taking a hit as well.

Nov 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and fans react after he was fouled late during the fourth quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

His playoff failures are well documented and now that he is approaching free agency many NBA executives have had some harsh things to say about Anthony, all labeling him as a selfish player who will never win in the NBA.

One exec went as far as to call him today’s version of Stephon Marbury, which is pretty harsh criticism.

ESPN’s Chris Broussard recently interviewed four NBA executives and they all had damaging things to say about Melo’s me-first attitude will always prevent him from winning a championship.

Let’s take a quick look at what executives around the league think of Anthony.

Eastern Conference Executive 1 said:

“Early on in Denver, he probably saw some bad habits and was allowed to get away with his bad habits — like if he was five or 10 minutes late for a shootaround, or if he missed a team event somewhere. As a leader, you can’t do that because you have to be able to get on guys when they do those things. He probably never learned that. And after leading a team from 17 wins to 43 wins, he probably thought winning in the NBA was a little easier than it really is, and he never was made to understand what it takes to get to the next level. He didn’t learn the little things, the finer points of playing defensively – understanding that you have to make consecutive plays on defense if you really want to get it done. Things like that. So now, 10 years into the league, he’s probably Robin on a championship team instead of Batman. He has Batman talent, but the intangibles are missing. And I think part of that is because of what he was introduced to when he came into the league with Denver.”

Eastern Conference Executive 2 said:

“He’s a great player, but he’s also a selfish player. That’s just how he is. I don’t think he’ll look at himself in the mirror and say, ‘What am I not doing? What am I doing that’s keeping us from winning?’ Again, I’m not saying he’s not a great player. He’s a phenomenal player. He’s just selfish. He likes the glamour and the big time. Why else would he have left Denver for New York? That Denver team he was on was better than New York. But he wanted the show and the glamour. It wasn’t about winning.”

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