Maybe I need to not take so many shots. Maybe I should take the blame for the games weve been losing, offensive struggles. Coach does run the offense through me. So Ill take it. Ill take that blame.Well, yeah, Carmelo. That's the point I think a lot of people have been trying to get across to you for a long time. Nonetheless, it was good to hear the team's newly-appointed captain acknowledge his lackluster performance. But then, after today's practice, Melo just went back to being... himself. Both tweets are from Howard Beck.
Carmelo not rethinking his shot selection, despite his remarks Saturday. “I was just beating myself up," he said.
So, there you have it. All is well in Carmelo Anthony's world and his moment of clarity, his near epiphany was just beating himself up. Some quick numbers for you:Carmelo on shot selection, cont: "If I’d have made some of them shots, then I probably wouldn't have said that."
- Over last three games, Melo is 26-78 from the field, good for 33% shooting
- Over the last three games, Amar'e Stoudemire 17-44, only 39%, but nearly 40 less shots.
- Over the last two games, the starting lineup, excluding Anthony has taken 74 shots. Melo's taken 56.
There is clearly a shot distribution problem here and the post-practice comments that Anthony made today basically couldn't have been any worse. It's Melo's job to recognize when the shot isn't falling and instead concentrate on passing the ball, which he actually is quite good at. However, it's also D'Antoni's job and whomever the PG is - usually, Shump - to wave of Melo and run a set.
It will be very interesting to see what the Knicks' offense looks like in Tuesday's game against Charlotte.