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'Melo 'just not about winning'

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07:29 AM ET 11.15 | The Knicks, who lost Thursday despite Carmelo Anthony's 45, are in trouble this season. So how much of the blame for that should fall on Melo? What does that say about him as a player? ... Is he really just a star masquerading as a "superstar"? To answer these questions, I turned to four long-time league executives who were granted anonymity so they could share their true opinions. ... "Melo's too much about himself to be the No. 1 guy. He's not malicious in his approach or anything. He's just not about winning. He's about getting his, and doing it his way. I would love to have him as a second guy. But as your alpha male? He's not going to win anything like that. He's kind of like the 2013 version of Stephon Marbury. He's not as bad as Stephon, but he's got Steph tendencies."

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November 15, 2013  08:14 AM ET

Please! I love these punks who speak anonymously. Be a man and say what you're saying in the light of day. It's amazing to me how many people have so much to say about Melo now, when so many of the same people would've given their daughter's innocence to have him on their team when he was leaving Denver...INCLUDING DENVER.

But before I get too carried away, the real question is, do these executives exist in the first place? "four long-time league executives". It's much more likely that the writer of this article didn't talk to anyone. It's probably more like some pen pusher with little or no athletic ability, and even less journalistic integrity trying to advance his own agenda while hiding behind manfactured "executives" echoing that which rattles around in his cavernous, devoid of grey matter skull.

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November 15, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Last night was a perfect example of why the Knicks need Kenneth Faried.

Melo had 43 points and Bargs had 24 but they need somebody to do the dirty work.

November 15, 2013  08:53 AM ET

You Need To Learn From Konbe, Bro.

November 15, 2013  08:53 AM ET
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you just now figuring that out?

I doubt that anyone is JUST figuring this out.....

November 15, 2013  08:54 AM ET

And here is the obligatory Melo thread of the day

November 15, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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..............But before I get too carried away, the real question is, do these executives exist in the first place?...........

Very.......valid.......question!

November 15, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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And here is the obligatory Melo thread of the day

And your obligatory comment.........

November 15, 2013  08:58 AM ET

When you are getting compared to Marbury than there's probably something wrong there. The writer could be right because Marbury did put up numbers and he did make it to the playoffs...

Anyways, whatever happened to Felton? He looks like the old fat Felton who doesn't care much. This is the guy that needs to step up and help out Melo.

November 15, 2013  09:01 AM ET

Melo (and Bargs the last few games) is the only one who is keeping the Knicks in games so far.

November 15, 2013  09:03 AM ET

And yet, if Melo opts for free agency, those 4 anonymous execs will be right there with a max contract offer. Along with just about all other execs in the league.

November 15, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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And yet, if Melo opts for free agency, those 4 anonymous execs will be right there with a max contract offer. Along with just about all other execs in the league.

That they will. Melo puts balls in the basket and butts in the seats. He is an asset.

November 15, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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And yet, if Melo opts for free agency, those 4 anonymous execs will be right there with a max contract offer. Along with just about all other execs in the league.

Melo's a superstar. Anybody that denies it....just a hater.

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November 15, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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Melo's a superstar. Anybody that denies it....just a hater.

But he is not a franchise player. I agree with the nameless execs in saying that he is not an alpha.

November 15, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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I think he is , but he needs to validate it in the playoffs

Has he played poorly in the playoffs overall? I honestly don't know nor remember.

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