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Carmelo Anthony has a long way to go as a leader

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04:22 PM ET 01.09 | A lot happened in the 48 minutes on the court between the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics. A lot more happened between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett after the game. However in the span of all of that, we learned one thing: Carmelo Anthony still has a long way to go in order to mature into a real leader. Knicks fans want to believe a lot of things about this team and for the most part, Anthony and his teammates have given fans reason to believe with their play so far. But most importantly, Knicks fans want to believe in 'Melo. They want to believe that he has matured from the "me-first" scorer that he was throughout the first nine years of his career. They want to believe that he has matured enough to lead them to a championship, despite only getting out of the first round of the playoffs once in his career. So far, 'Melo has done a lot to earn their trust. He has put up ridiculous numbers and put himself into the MVP race by playing the unselfish type of basketball that everyone in the world said he was not capable of doing. But he showed Monday night that he's not quite there. Sure Anthony didn't have his best night against their Atlantic Division foes. He scored 20 points, but he needed 26 shots to do so. He was in foul trouble for most of the game, but the one thing he did; that leaders do not do was allow Kevin Garnett to get under his skin.

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January 10, 2013  07:13 AM ET

Dear Media:

..... Move on!!!

Sincerly,
Basketball fan tired of crap being blown out of proportion by Media Outlets...

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January 10, 2013  10:48 AM ET
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Melo was "in the hunt" for the MVP prize, but he chose to "hunt" KG instead.When it comes time to make the final decision, if the league remembers this incident, it might help sway the decision toward Chris Paul or Durant instead.

He might have swayed the voters in his favor if he managed to not only "hunt" KG, but also take him down.

January 10, 2013  10:50 AM ET

I would guess that #11 was a response from Melo's BFF Apple!

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January 10, 2013  11:23 AM ET

Apple is front runner for LOF Least Objective Fan of the year. There are homers and then there is apple.

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