Carmelo Anthony vs. NBA Referees

By Thomas Duffy
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Why is it that Carmelo Anthony, a bona fide superstar in the NBA, doesn’t get the same types of calls thatLeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Chris Paul (among other stars) get from refs?

In the NBA, I realize that there is some sort of infraction on every play down the court, and if each one was called the game would never move. But, a foul is a foul. Anthony is leading the NBA in scoring at 26.6 PPG, and is constantly taking a beating when he drives to the basket, but rarely gets the whistle.

One of the only reasons that I can come up with as to why Anthony doesn’t get the calls is because he is a bit of a diva. He whines and complains about calls and non calls and, although he is usually warranted to do so, inadvertently disrespects the referees. He currently has three technical fouls in the Knicks (5-0) first five games, and last season finished with the 3rd most in the league with 14 total tech’s.

New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson has been getting on his star player for his defensive effort and hustle up and down the court. As a Knicks fan, and a basketball fan in general, I hate to see superstars hurt their team by not getting back on defense because they are too busy arguing a call. Hey, LeBron and ‘Melo: the refs aren’t going to go back and change it, so just let it go.

James gets the same of type of treatment from officials as did Michael Jordan– if anyone even looks at James the wrong way as he drives, there is a foul called. And, to his credit, James knows how to work the refs. One of the best athletes on the planet will crumble to floor without hesitation at even the slightest contact if it means a trip to the charity stripe.

Again, I understand that not all fouls can be called. However, James, Durant, Paul, and other MVP caliber players get certain calls that other players do not. Carmelo Anthony is a superstar in the NBA, and will be an MVP Candidate at the end of the season. It’s time he started getting treated like one.

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