Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Sources: D'An losing team; Melo a problem
By Jared Zwerling
ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard, quoting several sources, reported early Wednesday morning that the Knicks are tuning out Mike D'Antoni and Carmelo Anthony is hurting the team's offense.
Regarding D'Antoni, one source said, "The players like Mike as a person. They think he's a good guy. But he doesn't have the respect of the team anymore."
In addition to questioning D'Antoni, players are complaining about playing time, and confused about the offensive and defensive schemes.
As for Anthony, another source said, "That's at the very core of our problem. That messes up the fluidity of the offense. Melo could do it, but he's got to trust the offense."
In addition, Anthony and Jeremy Lin are not seeing eye-to-eye on the court. When Anthony first returned -- and it still appears to be the case -- Lin would bring the ball up court and try to run D'Antoni's system. When Anthony would abandon the offense, Lin would not pass him the ball, which irritated Anthony, sources said.