Carmelo Anthony Responds to Amar'e Stoudemire Comments on Time with Knicks

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 29, 2016

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, right, hugs Charlotte Hornets' Jeremy Lin after an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. The Hornets won 95-93. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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In a series of tweets Monday, New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony seemingly dismissed the recent criticism levied against him by former teammate Amar'e Stoudemire.

Anthony didn't address Stoudemire by name, but he posted a few cryptic notes that appeared to reference the situation:

Stoudemire and the Miami Heat earned a 98-81 win over the Knicks on Sunday, and the occasion allowed the six-time All-Star to reflect on his time in the Big Apple. In particular, Stoudemire discussed Jeremy Lin's rise and how it irked some Knicks players at the time, per Marc Berman of the New York Post:

If [Lin] stayed, it would've been cool. But everyone wasn't a fan of him being a new star. So he didn't stay long. Jeremy was a great, great guy, great with teammates, worked hard. He put the work in. We were proud of him having his moment. A lot of times you got to enjoy somebody else's success. That wasn't the case for us during that stretch. You got to enjoy that and let that player enjoy himself and cherish those moments. He was becoming a star and I didn't think everyone was pleased with that.

In 2012, ESPN The Magazine's Tim Keown wrote that Anthony was jealous of Lin's role in the Knicks offense and soured the front office on the idea of bringing Lin back in the summer of 2012.

When asked about Stoudemire's comments, Anthony quickly brushed aside the topic, per's Ohm Youngmisuk:

"Still?" Anthony asked when told that Lin came up when reporters talked to Stoudemire. "That was [four] years ago? I don't know. I don't have no comment about that. If [Lin] was becoming a star, we should embrace that. I don't know. We didn't embrace it? Was that the word?"

"S---, if that was the case then I'd be upset right now with KP [rookie fan favorite Kristaps Porzingis], if he's talking about me. I doubt if [Stoudemire is] talking about me. I doubt that. I highly doubt that."

Anthony has proved more than willing to share the spotlight with Porzingis in New York. Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis praised Melo last week for his role in the rookie's development this year, per Youngmisuk: "And a lot of it is just Carmelo challenging him to be aggressive and confident out there on the floor. ... Melo has been great with him in terms of encouraging him to grow as a ballplayer to blossom, to trust himself and be confident in what he does."

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Whether Anthony was jealous of Lin or not, it's hard to argue the Knicks should have matched the offer sheet Lin signed with the Houston Rockets. While he could have played a role in New York's backcourt, he wouldn't be the missing piece holding the team back from playoff contention.

Lin left Houston after two years, and he has become a league-average point guard with the Charlotte Hornets. While he remains a more than serviceable backup, he has never again reached the heights of "Linsanity."