Monday, November 4, 2013
Melo: 'I've got to get in sync'
By Ian Begley
NEW YORK -- A couple of days before the season opener, someone asked Carmelo Anthony if he was worried about his poor shooting in the preseason (38 percent from the field).
"Not at all," the New York Knicks' star said. "My shot will be there [when the season starts]."
Well, it hasn't showed up yet.
Anthony's struggled from the floor in the first three games of the season.
In Sunday's loss to to Minnesota, he started the game 2-for-9, hit six of his next eight shots and missed his final three as the Knicks' comeback attempt faded.
He's shooting just 37.7 percent from the field through three games and has made just 4 of 15 3-point attempts.
Anthony acknowledged on Sunday night that both he and the Knicks are still trying to get it together on offense.
"Offensively, we were a little behind, off beat, a little bit," Anthony said. "Trying to get in sync. I’ve got to get in sync offensively as well. I felt like I’m a little beat off offensively."
The Knicks are trying to integrate new pieces such as Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace into the offense, so that may have a small impact on Anthony's rhythm.
Another aspect at play is Anthony's left shoulder. He tore his rotator cuff and suffered a partial tear of his labrum late last season. Instead of undergoing surgery to repair the injury, Anthony opted to rehab his shoulder. But he's said in recent days that his shoulder feels fine and has not affected his shooting.
Anthony assured everyone on Sunday that he's fully confident his shot -- and the Knicks' offense -- will be fine. It may just take a few days.
"That time will come," he said. "We’ll just take it one day at a time, that day will come, [we'll] learn from this and move on."