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Melo 'unrest' behind Knicks slump?

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08:13 AM ET 02.11 | The Knicks' success in 2010-11 may be directly tied to Carmelo Anthony, after all. Apparently, 'Melo is a four-letter word that the slumping Knicks find offensive. "It's not good," Mike D'Antoni says. "There's no doubt about it. It affects some of the players without a doubt." D'Antoni admitted Thursday that the never-ending Carmelo Anthony saga -- which now includes that aforementioned plea from Knicks fans -- is having an adverse effect on his team. Every player with the exception of Amar'e Stoudemire could conceivably be included in a trade to Denver for Anthony, and that uncertainty has created unrest in the locker room, according to the head coach.

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February 11, 2011  08:29 AM ET

Yes, another Melo post for the day. Now, I can be productive at work.

February 11, 2011  08:39 AM ET
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Yes, another Melo post for the day. Now, I can be productive at work.

This Melo drama has ruined seasons in Detroit and New Jersey and will shrek NY apart. Only silver lining is that the trade deadline is 13 days away so...

I'd say we add Fields or Gallo along with Chandler but not both and matter of fact I'm not so big on Felton. His slump has lasted too long which leads me to believe he's doing something wrong (drugs, partying too much, not taking care of his body) - who knows. I'd trade him for Billups in a second since that puts us in the CP3 hunt... We can get by with him and Douglas. I can not see why Dolan is hesitant at picking up Walsh's option - seems like he's scared of making bold moves.

You have a chance to get a pure scorer like Melo you freakin do it...

February 11, 2011  08:42 AM ET
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This Melo drama has ruined seasons in Detroit and New Jersey and will shrek NY apart. Only silver lining is that the trade deadline is 13 days away so...I'd say we add Fields or Gallo along with Chandler but not both and matter of fact I'm not so big on Felton. His slump has lasted too long which leads me to believe he's doing something wrong (drugs, partying too much, not taking care of his body) - who knows. I'd trade him for Billups in a second since that puts us in the CP3 hunt... We can get by with him and Douglas. I can not see why Dolan is hesitant at picking up Walsh's option - seems like he's scared of making bold moves.You have a chance to get a pure scorer like Melo you freakin do it...

agreed, however I would try to keep Felton. The hunt for CP3 could end the same way the hunt for LBJ did

February 11, 2011  08:43 AM ET

Agreed, Knicks need to get this done ASAP. If not then someone will get him VIA free agency and it may not be the Knicks then.

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February 11, 2011  08:48 AM ET
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agreed, however I would try to keep Felton. The hunt for CP3 could end the same way the hunt for LBJ did

Felton is nothing close the player CP3 is and it looks like he's put on weight. He's a step slower on offense and doesn't do a thing on defense any longer. I'm talking six weeks of Telfair type play. We'll surely land CP3, DWill or Howard if we get Melo to team with Amare... it's not brainer. Heaven helps those who help themselves....

February 11, 2011  08:51 AM ET
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I think the melo thing might be a small part, but the reason ny is slumping is that they aren't that good, they are a 500 team, sometimes up, sometimes down, they are also mostly young, which means play is good, play is inconsistent.It also shows you the mental make ip of these players, if they are too focused on possi ly being dealt andbtheir play is affected, they are mentally weak and should go.......I mean look at melo, he's the one on the front line and his game has IMPROVED the last 2 weeks.mental make up is what separates stars from everyone else in this league

I think it's totally the coache's job to keep the players focused and ready to play each and every game with the same intensity on both ends of the floor. I put this squarely Mike. Looks like the stress of the city is getting him. I wouldn't a new regime so long as Isaiah is not involved...

February 11, 2011  08:53 AM ET

you know whats bothering me with this, the coach is blamining the losing on trade talks. This is why I don't like D'Antoni. He is such an A**. Its like the Marbury not going into the game situation a few yrs back. You make him inactive, where he can't be in uniform. Then when ur team are short handed you tell him you have minutes for him and expect him to jump for joy. When he doens't you run like a girl to the media and complian. What B.S he is.

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February 11, 2011  08:55 AM ET
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Felton is nothing close the player CP3 is and it looks like he's put on weight. He's a step slower on offense and doesn't do a thing on defense any longer. I'm talking six weeks of Telfair type play. We'll surely land CP3, DWill or Howard if we get Melo to team with Amare... it's not brainer. Heaven helps those who help themselves....

you are right, he isn't CP3, but he isn't Telfair either. GIve him time to work out of the slump. As for landing one of the three, you thought the same when Amare showed up. NOthing is certain. It is good to dream HAPPY THOUGHTS

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February 11, 2011  08:58 AM ET
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"could" doesn't equal "will". Any team who stops trying to acquire top players when they are available should fold their tent now and quit the league. You cannot stop trying for fear of failing.

No one said stop trying. Just said, try to keep Felton if you can in the Melo trade. You are talking about trading you best PG right now and hopes of landing CP3 this summer. If it doesn't work you have Amare, and Melo but know PG. It won't work.

February 11, 2011  08:58 AM ET
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You cannot use Marbury as an example for anything. Hate D'Antoni all you wish, but Marbury was, is, and always will be a knucklehead team cancer. He is a bad egg. Period. Lets move on.

Agreed. If I'm paying someone 21million I need him to be ready whenever I want. Don't even bring up Marbury. He's a sour loser.

February 11, 2011  09:02 AM ET
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You cannot use Marbury as an example for anything. Hate D'Antoni all you wish, but Marbury was, is, and always will be a knucklehead team cancer. He is a bad egg. Period. Lets move on.

Marbury was a bad egg, so you let him play during pre-season, which he played well and agreed to come off the bench. Instead of trading him, you decide to put him on ur inactive roster where he has to be in street clothes. So don't give him any game time at all or buy out his contract. You make a trade that leaves ur bench empty and expect him to help you. Then like now, cry in the media when things don't work out. D'Antoni is a chump

February 11, 2011  09:04 AM ET
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Agreed. If I'm paying someone 21million I need him to be ready whenever I want. Don't even bring up Marbury. He's a sour loser.

Lostwill, are u serious. YOu come ready to play and then told to sit on the bench in STREET CLOTHES, becuase the other players said the don't wnat you on the team. No trade or buy out of contract, just show up in street clothes. ANd you telling me one day when they need u, you wuold come running like a little puppy in heat. Get out of here

February 11, 2011  09:08 AM ET

Lostwill, Doc, i agree maybury was a loser, that being the case, the hole situation was handle wrong. There is no one who believes they are a good player that could handle being reduce to street clothes. The situaiton with not going into the game was D'antoni fault, and then he made excuses in the media just like now. He sucks

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February 11, 2011  09:19 AM ET
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I don't disagree, but if you are a professional , you might need to be taught HOW to play, but you should not need a coach to motivate you.The knicks are young and immature, period.....this is why young teams never win

Everyone needs some type of motivation from time to time. D'Antoni is making excuses for a flawed system with the players he has.

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February 11, 2011  09:28 AM ET
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Lostwill, are u serious. YOu come ready to play and then told to sit on the bench in STREET CLOTHES, becuase the other players said the don't wnat you on the team. No trade or buy out of contract, just show up in street clothes. ANd you telling me one day when they need u, you wuold come running like a little puppy in heat. Get out of here

Look if ur salaried and there's no work on your job for a whole month and something finally comes along for you to do would you tell your boss he hasn't given you work in a whole month so F it?

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