Yes, Carmelo Anthony Appears To Be 'Buying Into' The System (And Still Getting Buckets)
What a difference a day makes. After the Knicks started the 2014 season by getting their wheels blown off at home by a well-coached, balanced and supremely talented Bulls team, the verdict was in: The Knicks suck ass and the triangle offense won't save them. Their performance was seen as validation of all the question marks hanging over the team this summer, particularly in regards to Carmelo Anthony, who is perceived (...rightfully) as a ball stopper who will never stop ball stopping. Would Melo buy in to the triangle? Could he?
Then came the Cavaliers game. Call it a Cavs loss instead of a Knicks win, but while LeBron was turning the ball over and getting caught up in his own hype, the Knicks dished out 30 assists -- more than they did in any game all of last season. That's without starting point guard Jose Calderon, too.
And guess who led the way? The ball stopper:
— Jonah Ballow (@jonahballow) October 31, 2014
Melo finished with six assists, second only to J.R. Smith (yes, the same J.R. Smith as last year), who had seven. And despite leading the team easily in giving up the rock, Melo still dropped in 25 points, a game-high, including the dagger right in LeBron's face:
So let me get this straight: Melo passed the ball more than any Knicks player; he passed it effectively, setting up his teammates to make shots; he scored more than LeBron James, Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love; he still got his isolation looks when things broke down and capitalized on them... and the Knicks are disgraceful and in for a world of pain this season?
Nah. Melo is really good. He got that money for a reason. Best recognize before it's too late and the Knicks win the East (just kidding, but seriously, shut up, New York media).
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