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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Melo: Selfish label 'a slap in the face'

By Mike Mazzeo



New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony disagrees with the widespread notion that he's "a selfish player."

"That's like a slap in the face," Anthony said during an interview with Stephen A. Smith on SportsCenter on Wednesday night. "None of my teammates I've ever played with would say that I was a selfish player. Nobody."

Point guard Jeremy Lin has reinvigorated the once-flailing Knicks (14-15), who have won six straight games heading into Wednesday night's contest with the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. Lin has recorded 20 or more points and seven or more assists in each.

But many wonder if Anthony, who thrives off isolation sets on offense, can co-exist with the 23-year-old "Lin-sation," who has turned the Knicks back into a high-octane pick-and-roll squad.

"It's a tough situation. I'm human at the end of the day, so it's like damn, where is this coming from?" Anthony said. "I know I'm not a selfish player. People around me know I'm not a selfish player. I do everything I can to make people around me understand I'm not a selfish player."

Anthony still wants the last shot, though.

"Of course I want to take the last shot, let's be quite frank: I've been doing for nine years already, and I've made a ton of them," he said.

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