Melo: 'It's on me' to get Amare involved

January, 22, 2012
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Amare Stoudemire had just one field goal attempt in the final 24 minutes of the Knicks' double-overtime loss to Denver.

Afterward, Stoudemire took the high road, saying he didn't care about his shot attempts, just winning games.

But a contrite Carmelo Anthony, who went 10-for-30 from the floor, admitted that the Knicks (6-10) need to get the ball to Stoudemire more often.

"I think we as a team need to do a better job getting Amare the ball," Anthony said. "I don't know. I have the ball in my hands, maybe it's on me. Maybe I need to get him the ball a little but more, help him out with that. Me and STAT will talk, probably tomorrow, Monday, try to figure it out together. If I'm doing too much I want him to tell me. I want the guys on my team to tell me if I'm doing too much and we'll handle him like that."

Stoudemire's scoring has dipped since Anthony arrived in New York last February. So far this season, Stoudemire hasn't been the same dynamic, dominant player he was in the first half of last year.

Entering play Saturday, he was averaging 18 points per game on 41 percent shooting. Last season, Stoudemire scored 25 points per game on 50 percent shooting. He had 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting on Saturday.

"We have to do a better job of opening up opportunities for STAT," Tyson Chandler said. "We have to get him the ball. We have to figure out something."

Said Stoudemire: "It's about winning.... It's not about me and numbers of shots. We had a chance to win. We had a great momentum going... we just didn't pull it out."

MELO'S MESSAGE TO DENVER FANS: After his first game against Denver since the trade, Anthony was asked what he'd say to Denver fans who think he betrayed the city when he forced his way out last season.

"I think I made a decision that was needed at that time. The decision that I've made, it was for the better for both of us and at that time there was some stuff going on around the organization. For the people that know what was going on, they knew. From the outside looking in, maybe people took it the wrong way," Anthony said.

"But I started in Denver. I was 18, 19 when I came to Denver. I spent 7 1/2 years there. We won games, went to the Western Conference finals. I had a great time. I grew there and the fans, they grew with me. I really don't know what else to say about that."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2