Anthony: no problem with D’Antoni except results
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Carmelo Anthony insists he isn’t selfish, certainly not a guy who gets coaches replaced.
“Of course that bothers me, because I never want that label on me,” Anthony said Thursday.
“It wasn’t working,” Anthony said. “I mean, we lost games, and when you lose games and people say it’s not working, of course they come, the blame is on me.”
Now Anthony gets a chance to get it right, with a new coach and the same teammates. Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan believes in his underachieving roster that’s tied for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and when it became obvious the Knicks needed a change, D'Antoni chose to resign.
So as expected, the Knicks were silent before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
Dolan repeated that message at a news conference Wednesday to announce D'Antoni’s departure, so none of the stars were worried about a move, even though all of their names have been linked to rumors at some point.
“I wasn’t planning on going nowhere, so we didn’t have no plans on making any trades,” Anthony said. “This is the team that we have, this is the team that we’re going to stick with.”
Anthony and Stoudemire were having perhaps the worst seasons of their careers, but both played well Wednesday in a 121-79 rout of Portland and should get plenty of chances to pick it up under Woodson _ who’s known better as a defensive mind _ over the remaining 23 games.
“I just think he’s just going to utilize his leading scorers,” Stoudemire said. “With myself and Carmelo, he’s going to utilize us to make sure that we take advantage of our every opportunity out there on the court. We’ve been profound scorers all our career, so we’re going to make sure we take advantage of it.”
Yet it’s a risk to move away from an offense that so many other players were comfortable in with so little time left. Jeremy Lin became a star, and players such as Tyson Chandler, Steve Novak and Jared Jeffries were all flourishing in February while Anthony was out.
“It’s going to be a different style, a different rhythm, but we still need to figure it out because we don’t all have it figured out just yet right now,” Lin said.
Despite playing in it for three years with the U.S. national team, Anthony had become the rare player whose numbers didn’t improve playing in D'Antoni’s wide-open offensive system. He said D'Antoni had come to him while he was injured and Lin had taken control of the team, asking him to make sacrifices when he returned so the offense wouldn’t lose its rhythm.