Small forward Carmelo Anthony did what he knows how to do and that’s score points. He poured in 44 for the New York Knicks as the Dallas Mavericks were in town on Monday night. It was the third time in the last four games that Anthony has scored at least 40 points for the Knicks. The other game during that stretch he scored 35 points.
The problem, though, is that the Knicks are going in the opposite direction from where they want to be going. After their 110-108 loss to the Mavericks, the Knicks have now lost nine of their last 11 games. Despite his scoring for the Knicks, Anthony cannot keep them from losing.
Part of this problem rests with Anthony. Melo has a great reputation as being a good scorer in this league as he has proven time and time again. However, is he a great player? Many people can score, but that doesn’t make them a great player.
What separates the great scorers from the great players is the ability to make those around you better. If the buckets aren’t falling, they have the instinct to pass, rebound and play great defense. This is something that seems to elude Anthony. He has games where he’s good at passing the ball or grabbing rebounds, but overall he has one focus and that is to score as many points as he can.
The Knicks will be better off if they let him walk away this summer and sign with another team. He must learn a valuable lesson before he can ever hope to win a championship. That lesson is simply that sometimes, it’s better to give than to receive. As long as Melo makes it all about him, he will continue to watch other great players stand in June as NBA champions.