New York Knicks’ Small Power Forward, Carmelo Anthony, is in the conversation for league MVP this season. Yes, it’s early. No, I’m not saying he WILL be MVP. But, ignoring the fact that Anthony is playing like a MVP candidate is allowing pre-conceived notions of Melo’s style of play to blur your vision to what he is doing now.
And I’m not alone in this one. Tyson Chandler, Knicks’ Center and defensive culture changer, agrees.
“He should be at the top of the race right now,” Chandler said. “We’re playing the best basketball, and he’s playing all over the floor on both ends.”
Melo MVP is being talked about here for example.
But, it’s about time referees treated him as such.
Antonhy always looked for physical contact. Bully ball is what his style of played is called. Melo will try to outmuscle opponents. Now, that he is a power forward, he is looking for contact even more than he was used to.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not asking for bailout call or made up calls.
But, it’s no secret that, in the NBA, the whistle tends to help starts. So far, Anthony hasn’t been treated as a star. Not even when it’s a questionable call.
The final minutes of the loss to the Dallas mavericks made it clear. A charge call, while Melo hit a circus shot, and a punch by Chris Kaman, that went uncalled, made it clear.
Carter might be moving. I don’t believe he had position before Anthony. It would’ve been a blocking foul on Carter. But, even if he was there in time, it was a close call. Can you see Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, or even Dwyane Wade or Deron Williams, getting the same call if they were Melo?
Shawn MArion’s block was clean, but Kaman’s punch to Melo’s jaw? C’mon! Still can’t believe refs let that one go.
Those calls changed Anthony’s attitude in the last play. Instead of cutting to the basket, trying to get a lay up or, at least, a foul and two free throws, Melo decided to pull up midway. Since no calls were being made, can’t fault him on that decision. The ball slipped his hands, Mavs won.
After the game, Anthony didn’t blame the referees, but knew he didn’t get the calls he should’ve.
“At this point, there’s no need to cry over spilled milk,” Melo said. “It is what it is. I’m not going to keep complaining about the same thing over and over. If they call it, they do. If they don’t move on.”