Saturday, February 8, 2014
Melo: We've got to help Woodson
By Ohm Youngmisuk
NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony recently met with Knicks owner James Dolan, the Knicks star confirmed on Friday.
Anthony wouldn’t reveal what they talked about, though. The meeting was first reported by the New York Daily News.
Carmelo helped his coach by scoring 31 points on Friday against the Nuggets.
"Did I meet with him? Yeah, I hope I could meet with the owners sometimes," Anthony said following the Knicks' 117-90 win over the Denver Nuggets. "I met with him. It wasn’t nothing serious. It was just generic conversations. Just talking.
"I had tea. We had tea. That’s it. We didn’t get into details about anything. It was just a conversation that we had."
Considering the Knicks have been a major disappointment and just snapped a three-game losing streak that put coach Mike Woodson back on the hot seat, any conversation between the owner and the team’s franchise player likely wasn’t about anything generic.
After Wednesday’s 94-90 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, Anthony said "it’s out of my hands" if the Knicks make any changes regarding players or coaches. But the star and likely free agent to-be does have some sort of control over matters.
Besides having Dolan’s ear on potential issues pertaining to the team, Anthony can help control the most important thing of all -- how the Knicks play on the court.
On Friday, Anthony poured in 31 points, 20 of which came in the first half. He helped set the tone early for the Knicks, who desperately needed a win.
Afterward, Anthony said the players have to start helping Woodson.
"Yeah, we’ve got to help him," Anthony said. "At the end of the day, he’s the coach. He has his focus, he has his game plan, his schemes and we’re the ones that have got to go out there and execute that. We can’t fight that. We’ve got to do it.
"Sometimes, our inconsistency comes from not playing hard, not bringing the energy, not doing the little things on the basketball court to win," he added. "Some nights we do. Some nights we don’t. But we’ve got to help him with that."
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In the first quarter, Anthony scored 13 points to keep the Knicks in the game against Nuggets, who led by as many as 10 in the quarter.
Anthony’s play also helped open things up for others, like Raymond Felton, who scored all nine of his points in the second quarter. Amar'e Stoudemire also scored seven of his 17 points in the second quarter, when the Knicks outscored the Nuggets 30-18. Anthony scored seven points during a game-turning 13-2 run to finish the first half.
New York led 50-44 at the break, and Anthony added another 11 points in a third quarter that saw the Knicks increase their lead to as many as 17.
Friday night’s blowout of the Nuggets (24-24) is just the latest frustrating example of how good the Knicks can look on certain nights. They buried 11 3-pointers and had six players score in double figures.
The issue is maintaining this kind of play. Woodson said he’s the right man for the job, the coach to lift the Knicks out of this mess. But Anthony knows he and the players are the ones who really have to do the heavy lifting.
"We’re the players," Anthony said. "We’re on the court. We’re the ones that defend, that rebound, that shoot the ball, that hustle, that play hard. We’re the ones that [are] going to do it. We got to stick together and play hard and figure it out and just do it."