Western Conference Executive 1 said:
“I actually think that, for whatever reason, Melo’s always gotten a pass. At the end of the day, he’s been in the league long enough where, if he was really a winner and about winning, he’d have figured it out by now. He’s had enough time to do that now. He should be able to say, ‘Ok, this is not working. I’ve got to figure it out. I’ve got to take it upon myself as a superstar to try something else. Try to be a facilitator, make plays for other guys, or like Kobe and LeBron, get some stops. Every team I’m on is bad defensively, let me make more of a commitment defensively.’ If he was really about winning, there’s more he could do…
“Is he overrated? As a scorer, he’s not overrated. He’s a professional scorer. And as a winner — that’s what it’s all about, right? — he’s not rated highly. I mean, this is his 11th season. It’s time to win something. He went to the conference finals one time when Chauncey Billups was still good and they had some pieces around them. As a guy without some pieces around him, Melo doesn’t get it done because he doesn’t make anybody else better. He’s going to play the way he plays, but the team’s not going to have much success. ”
Western Conference Executive 2 said:
“I love him as a player. I just don’t think he’s your alpha male. He can’t be your No. 1 guy. He’s kind of like Clyde Drexler. As the alpha male in Portland, Clyde never got over the top. But when he went to Houston and was the No. 2 guy to Hakeem Olajuwon, he won. Melo’s too much about himself to be the No. 1 guy. He’s not malicious in his approach or anything. He’s just not about winning. He’s about getting his, and doing it his way. I would love to have him as a second guy. But as your alpha male? He’s not going to win anything like that. He’s kind of like the 2013 version of Stephon Marbury. He’s not as bad as Stephon, but he’s got Steph tendencies.”
So while there has been plenty of debate on whether or not Anthony is the guy that can bring a title to the Big Apple, that’s a lot of damaging talk from people around the NBA that would lead you to believe that isn’t going to happen any time soon.
When you look at the current Knicks roster, Anthony is likely in for more playoff failure this season as this Knicks team may be able to get out of the first round, but they don’t have the necessary pieces to seriously make a lengthy playoff run.
Thursday night, Anthony resembled the guy who won the scoring title last year for the first time this season. But it came in a loss. And winning a scoring title didn’t do much for him last season when it came to winning.
My personal opinion is that there’s a good bit of truth to what these executives are saying.
However he is going to battle with a lousy point guard and the team’s true leader currently injured.
However if Anthony eventually wants to shed the label of a selfish player, ultimately everything falls on his shoulders at the end of the day.
He is the one that has to lead. He is the one that has to do the little things that leads to wins.
Does Anthony have that in him?
It remains to be seen. But one thing that is for sure and that is the fact that he has a ways to go to show that he is truly Batman and not some other player’s Robin.
There’s no doubting the fact that Anthony has elite skills.
Maybe these harsh words will make him realize there is a lot more to winning than just scoring.
Maybe he will have a chip on his shoulder to prove people around the league wrong.
Maybe it’s time to look in the mirror and decide what type of player he wants to be for the rest of his career.
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This should serve as a wakeup call to Anthony.
Hopefully he answers the bell and comes out swinging.