Re: Hot off the NY Presses!
posted at 5/3/2013 7:46 AM EDT
For Carmelo Anthony and Knicks, it could soon be five players and a funeral
This is still Anthony’s show on Friday night. The Knicks are his team. He wanted his money here, wanted the New York stage. Now, even with this kind of big Game 6 out of town, here it all is for him. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013, 12:40 AM
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Carmelo Anthony knows Knicks are now in precarious position despite fact they are only ones who can win series with Celts Friday night. Losing two closeout games can do that.
This is no game in Chump Town on Friday night, the place where the idea was hatched for the Knicks to show up in black because, look out, they were going to bury the Boston Celtics, who have won 17 championships in their history compared to two for the New York Knicks. No. This is a big Game 6 in Boston, where the Knicks get another chance to put the Celtics away and Carmelo Anthony gets the chance to win the kind of game great players are supposed to win for their teams.
No. 7, trying to stay away from Game 7.
Carmelo Anthony hasn’t been the one talking for the Knicks, by the way. Or coming up with the dumb idea about being men in black. The talking has been done by J.R. Smith, who threw the elbow at Jason Terry that still might end up ruining everything for his team.
Then Smith said this about Terry: “Who? I don’t know who that is.” Somebody should have given him a heads-up, reminded him that Terry is another Celtic with one more championship than he has, a player who got right up on the Miami Heat a few years ago when the Mavericks beat them straight up in the Finals, and never backed up. Jason Terry isn’t the player he was then. Still isn’t afraid. When the money was on the table Wednesday night at the Garden, it was Smith who played scared — after a season of such fearless play — and Terry who did not.
It also wasn’t Anthony’s idea for the Knicks to show up in black, as a form of sartorial trash talk. That came from Kenyon Martin, and reminded you that for all the good, tough things he has done for the Knicks since they signed him, maybe there was a reason why he was out of work for as long as he was.
But this is still Anthony’s show on Friday night. The Knicks are his team. He wanted his money here, wanted the New York stage. Now, even with this kind of big Game 6 out of town, here it all is for him. He is richer and more famous than ever, gets to play basketball exactly the way he wants, which means shoot every chance he gets.