Carmelo Anthony. Revered for his offensive mastery but too often chastised for his laziness on the other side of the ball.
Regardless, the bulk of fans love him, and he’s a worldwide ambassador to the game.
Having recently embarked on a promotional tour of China and dedicated a court to a deprived town in Puerto Rico, Anthony has had a leisurely summer thus far. With the lockout looking as if it may wipe out the entire 2011-12 campaign, offseason preparation has been lackadaisical at best.
Anthony’s had his vacation, and like all great pro athletes, he realizes he must continue to hone his skills as if preseason will begin according to schedule.
Asked for their input, the majority of basketball enthusiasts would recommend that Anthony concentrate on defense during workouts. However, his subpar production in this area is attributable to underachievement rather than underdeveloped talent.
If Anthony wants to become an admirable defender, the ability is there. But he prefers to defer to his teammates when it comes to doing the dirty work.
As we observed during New York’s playoff matchup with Boston, Anthony will step up on either end of the floor when backed into a corner. He simply needs to channel this mentality night after night during the regular season.
Being that he’s young and injury-free, Anthony has no excuse not to give maximum effort on both sides of the ball.
In Anthony’s case, he should dedicate summer practice sessions to improving upon his scoring versatility. While it’s not wise to completely discount the other aspects of his game, sometimes reinforcing your greatest asset pays off the most in the long run.
While Anthony is widely regarded as one of the NBA’s more explosive scorers, believe it or not, his offensive skill set is far from impeccable.
Keep reading to find out which elements of his game are inadequate.