Opening Tip: Does Melo deserve blame?


When you talk about what’s gone wrong with the Knicks this season, the conversation can go in several different directions.

You can discuss the poor backcourt play of Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert.

You can look at the regressions of J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler. Or you can point your finger at Mike Woodson’s lineup decisions and rotations.

But one guy who you can’t really find fault with is Carmelo Anthony, right?

Anthony is the second-leading scorer in the NBA (25.9 points per game) and averages a career-high 7.9 rebounds.

His PER -- a measurement of a player’s per-minute production -- is a career-high this season.

And his 3-point percentage and overall field goal percentage are near career highs. Anthony has basically given you his all night in and night out.

Yet the Knicks are 19 games under .500, and, barring a miracle finish, Anthony will miss the playoffs for the first time in his career.

So what about the idea that Melo is, at least in part, to blame for the Knicks' struggles?

There is a school of thought that Melo should bear at least some of the blame, because he is the second highest-paid player on the team and the No. 1 scoring option.

We don’t necessarily agree with that argument, especially given the fact that Anthony leads the NBA in minutes per game and has given so much to the Knicks this season.

But what do you think? How much blame does Anthony deserve for this wayward Knicks season?

Up now: The Knicks were awful in the fourth quarter on Monday in a loss to Detroit.

They’ve dropped seven straight.

Stephen A. Smith isn’t happy with what he’s seen so far.

What’s next: The Knicks will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

Question: How much blame does Carmelo Anthony deserve for this season?

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