The Achilles' heel of Anthony's game has always been the fact that he just doesn't know when to stop shooting.
Melo is easily New York's biggest and most talented player on their roster. He's also the leader of this team, and the success of the Knicks will rely almost solely on how well he is able to contribute and perform all season.
There's no doubt that Melo is a special player. He's the kind of player who can single-handedly win a game for you, and he's proving that again in London. But he can just as quickly lose it for you too, and although he's been on fire so far in the Olympic Games, you still can't help but wonder if Melo can keep it up, especially with all of the shots he likes to take.
And that's where the problem comes in. Is Melo effective on offense? Ninety-nine percent of the time, yes.
But is he efficient on offense? Not in the slightest.
Look at a guy like LeBron James, especially when he's surrounded by the best team that this country has to offer. He knows when to pass, when to drive, when to shoot and when to just back away and let another one of his teammates take the reins.
Seriously, the box scores don't lie. Even if you haven't watched a single Olympic game, you can clearly see the kind of impact James has on that court, no matter how he chooses to contribute.
But Melo? Straight points. All day, every day.
Melo just doesn't have that sort of mindset. He knows how to score, and how to score in bunches. That's about it. It's not a bad thing when you're talking about one of the biggest offensive threats in the game and a certified franchise player, but it still leaves tons of room for improvement, and there will be days this season where Melo's shots simply aren't falling. It's just the way basketball works.
To be fair, they're falling now, and Melo has become much better at picking his shots. Can he do that for New York? I sure hope so.
Melo simply has to learn that sometimes the game doesn't live or die by him. Team USA has helped him see that a little clearer, and because of this he can go out there and just play basketball.
And when he's just doing that, Melo is one of the best in the world.