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Knicks Notes: Anthony, Porzingis, Lopez

Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony is playing with unexpected maturity and unselfishness this season and the primary difference from 2014/15 is that Melo has faith in the roster around him, writes Steve Popper of “I’ve always been asking for the help to take that burden off me, to have to go out there and score 25, 30 and 35 points a night just to have a chance to win the basketball game,” Anthony said. “That becomes a big burden on your shoulders. I realize the guys that are on this team; they can take some of that burden off. It’s not going to be every night. Some nights it calls for me to have a game like I had at home against Atlanta – 11 points, [nine] rebounds and [five] assists. There’s going to be some nights where I have to score the basketball. It’s a fine line between that and I have to kind of gauge that throughout the game.

Here’s more from New York:

  • Anthony also noted that he’s willing to pass the torch as the franchise’s marquee player, much like the way Tim Duncan has done with Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio, and all signs point to that player being Kristaps PorzingisAl Iannazzone of Newsday writes. “If I have those players on my team, somebody to pass the torch, of course I’m willing to do that,” Anthony told the Newsday scribe. “I think [Duncan] realizes that he wasn’t going to be able to do it by himself. Some days he has it, some days he doesn’t, but I don’t think he worries about that because he’s got other guys on his team who can carry that load. You have to want to do that. You have to be willing to do that. If you talk about sacrifice, that’s the ultimate sacrifice.”
  • Center Robin Lopez is still adjusting to being used as a post player in the triangle offense, a role he wasn’t tasked with by his previous teams in the NBA, Marc Berman of The New York Post notes. “I hadn’t posted up since college,’’ Lopez said. “It had been awhile. I was learning everyone’s tendencies and learning the triangle. I still have a lot to learn. I thought I rushed myself in Atlanta. They have a lot of confidence in me. My teammates are putting me in good position.
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4 thoughts on “Knicks Notes: Anthony, Porzingis, Lopez

  1. J Hill

    Why does Carmelo act like he’s some sort of NYK basketball legend with a torch to pass? He’s been there for 6 seasons, been in the playoffs 3 times and only out of the first round once. If Kristaps is as good as we think he can be then he’ll be the first one lighting a torch in NY since Ewing retired.

    • Hoops333

      He is a franchise player talking about passing the torch to another possible franchise player. it is you who is making it into “he thinks he is legendary status”. People always looking to attach some kind of negativity to Melo.

    • It only sounds like that cause you’ve decided to misconstrue the comment.

  2. R.Ortiz718

    Kristaps is looking more and more like Nowitzki and I don’t like it.

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