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Carmelo Anthony admitted that he has felt that urge to carry the offense with Amar'e out. It's instinctual. But...:
"...then I sit back and tell myself, we missing a lot of guys out there, so when guys come back, I won't have to put that burden on myself," Melo said on Wednesday night. "Yeah, there's going to be times when I have to score, that's what I do best, I score the basketball, but for the most part . . . we've got a lot of good things to happen for us."
He went into training camp vowing that his days of "needing" to score 30 or 40 points a night are behind him and he's been preaching (and practicing) more of a team-concept mentality. But there were times, although brief, in the preseason when the old Melo showed up and started gunning. To his credit, he is aware of the need to squelch such urges.
It was, overall, a good preseason and training camp for Anthony, who since the gold medal experience in London has seemed much more at ease with himself. This will be his first full season (82 games) in New York since the trade.
"Now I feel like I got my feet wet now, I got my feet under me, I'm settled, in the city, on the team, within the organization," Melo said. "And now we can just, and I can just, focus solely on basketball and not worry about everything else."
There is an urgency in this season, as the Knicks have a small window here to attempt a championship run. With so many injuries, including Amar'e Stoudemire's plagued preseason, there is reason for frustration and concern to build early, especially if the team doesn't get off to a strong start.
But Melo is trying to stay cool. He'll always have faith in his scoring touch, but the goal this season is to keep the faith in his teammates and not forget the lessons from London.
"That's the most important thing, is to be patient at this point in time," he said. "Looking at our team, looking at the depth we have on this team, we are a very deep team. It's just a matter of getting everybody back, getting guys healthy and getting guys back on the basketball court."