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"This bores me."
Carmelo Anthony showed the world that he is one of the best pure scorers on the planet during the Olympic Games in London. Facing Nigeria, Melo rained down 10 three-pointers and 37 points to set a U.S. Olympic record. And he did so by coming off the bench and playing only 14 minutes.
But now, he is done scoring 40 points a night. He promises.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Melo plans to sacrifice his offensive numbers to help the team succeed:
I’m done trying to score 35, 40 points to win the basketball game. I don’t want that role anymore. I can do it. That’s what I do. But in order for this team to be successful, for guys we have right now, we need a more well-rounded team. If I have to sacrifice on the offensive end, I’m willing to do it. It’s easy for me to sit here and say it. But this year it’s going to be locking in and doing it as the leader of this team.
Really? I mean, really? Has the spirit of Bill Russell somehow inhabited Melo's body?
In 2011-12, Anthony was sixth in the NBA in usage rate (per ESPN.com). He finished in the top five in each of the previous five seasons. Is it possible we will see a more team-oriented, victory-minded Melo who punishes defenses by drawing double teams and finding the open man?
Yea, verily, a Carmelo who puts up 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists nightly is more valuable than a Carmelo who puts up 30, five and two.
Last season, Anthony recorded his first triple-double as a Knick, and he looked like a true team leader in doing so. This season, he may finally be ready to cast off his devotion to a one-dimensional isolation game in favor of a multifaceted team attack.
The only problem is that Mike Woodson will have to hold Anthony to his word.
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