Back on media day, Carmelo Anthony made one of the most promising statements Knicks fans have heard since Amar'e Stoudemire told reporters that the franchise was back upon his arrival in 2010.
Though it's a little harsh, Anthony has earned a reputation as a selfish player, but according to the New York Post, he's finally learned what's required to take his game—and his team—to the next level:
"I’m done trying to score 35, 40 points to win the basketball game. I don’t want that role anymore...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."
For much of his career, Melo has been an elite scorer, but his style hasn't always worked out well for his teams. Only once in his career has he gotten out of the first round, and as good as he is individually, he's never been part of a truly elite team in the NBA.
Interestingly, he has looked completely different when playing international ball for Team USA, and has had success there playing a more team-oriented brand of basketball.
Granted, for Team USA Anthony is playing with the best of the best, but it's still noticeable how much better he can be with teammates that he really trusts.
Now, the Knicks have built a team full of Anthony's former teammates from Denver and even a few from Team USA, and it's time for him to once again adapt that style of play.
Melo still needs to be the primary option for the Knicks, but doesn't need to dominate the ball as much, and it sounds like he knows it.
This is a huge change for a player like Anthony, though. Saying it and doing it are two completely different things.