Was Shumpert wrong to call out Melo?

December, 2, 2013
12/02/13
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One of the most interesting sequences in Sunday's Knicks game took place off the court.

Midway through the third quarter, Iman Shumpert was caught by MSG cameras yelling at Carmelo Anthony during a Knicks huddle.

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Debby Wong/USA TODAY SportsIman Shumpert publicly confronted Carmelo Anthony on Sunday. Was it a wise move?
Shumpert appeared to be upset with Anthony after Ryan Anderson, Anthony's man, hit an open 3-pointer with 5:51 to go in the third to give New Orleans a 62-58 lead.

Shumpert was trying to get over to contest Anderson but was screened on the play. He committed a foul on the screener, Greg Smith, and Anderson drained the 3.

He was visibly agitated after the play. Shumpert presumably was upset with Anthony because he felt the Knicks star should have bypassed the screen and stayed with Anderson. But it looked as if Andrea Bargnani could have helped on Anderson.

Either way, cameras showed Shumpert standing over Anthony and addressing him in a demonstrative tone as Anthony sat on the bench.

Perhaps tellingly, Shumpert did not get in the game after his incident with Anthony, the most powerful member of the Knicks' organization not named James Dolan (GM and coach included).

That makes you wonder if Sunday's game will be one of Shumpert's last as a Knick.

The third-year guard has been dangled in trade rumors for several weeks. Knicks president and general manager Steve Mills has talked to several teams about a Shumpert deal.

For what it's worth, both Anthony and Shumpert downplayed the significance of the incident late Sunday night.

Shumpert called the play a "defensive miscommunication."

But will Knicks management, which will do almost anything to keep Anthony from leaving the Knicks as a free-agent this summer, see it the same way?

Another layer to consider here is the play of Tim Hardaway Jr.

According to league sources, one of the reasons the Knicks feel comfortable dealing Shumpert is because they are confident in Hardaway.

Hardaway bolstered his case Sunday night by pouring in 21 points and hitting five 3-pointers.

Question: Do you have a problem with Shumpert calling out Anthony?

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Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
23.7 3.2 0.9 36.5
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.4
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.2
StealsP. Prigioni 1.4
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2