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The pressure's on Carmelo Anthony

The Knicks' star forward has no excuses; he must lead his team past the Celtics

Updated: April 19, 2013, 4:17 PM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNNewYork.com

If now isn't the time, it'll never happen.

Not for the foreseeable future, anyway, for these New York Knicks. Not for a city craving a return to basketball relevancy beyond 82 regular-season games. And certainly not for Carmelo Anthony, the league's scoring champion and viable MVP candidate, under immense pressure to produce now more than ever before -- no matter what he says to the contrary.

It is perfectly within Melo's right to utter "No! None at all!" when ...

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