Carmelo: Sub-.500 Knicks ‘Just Need To Relax’

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Carmelo Anthony said the Knicks “just need to relax” following their latest 111-99 loss to the Orlando Magic.

Try telling that to the fans.

Anthony had 24 points and nine assists for New York (35-36), who lost for the seventh time in eight games and are below .500 for the first time since they were 8-9 after losing to Atlanta on Nov. 27.

“We just need to relax, man,” said Anthony. “We’re just putting too much pressure on ourselves. We’re losing games we should be winning. We need to relax and have fun. I don’t think there is no fun in the game, and we need to bring it back in the game.”

Yes, the Knicks have big problems, but Carmelo says his team needs to take a deep breath.

“Everybody just relax,” Anthony said. “Just go out there, just play basketball. Just play the way you know how to play.”

That stands in sharp contrast to Amar’e Stoudemire, who said after the game the Knicks need to “stay together, stay focused, and keep working at it.”

Stoudemire was held to a season-low 13 points, shooting 6 of 20 from the floor.

“Amar’e’s tired,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We’ve worn him down a little bit and it showed tonight.”

The Knicks blame the difficulties of adjusting to a major trade so late in the season, and a March schedule that has them playing 18 games, with six sets of back-to-backs. They canceled Thursday’s practice following the game.

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“I think we’re all somewhat getting the fatigue factor setting in,” Stoudemire said. “It’s been a crazy, crazy month for us so far, a lot of games in few nights. And so we played great in the first half, we applied so much energy, in the second half we just kind of run out a little bit there. But we’ll be OK.”

“These times ain’t gonna last forever,” Anthony added.

The Knicks once spoke of finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference, but they might be lucky they’ve gone backward to seventh instead.

“Losing games…that’s the toughest part,” Carmelo said. “Losing games we should be winning. As far as experience, I am still having fun. I just want everyone else on the team to have fun.”

Do the Knicks “just need to relax” or “keep working at it”? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • 2G

    Evan sounds like a Clown!!!

  • mike dayem

    they need change they line up put white boy in points guard set down dougles i told everybody ny knicks by next years they is going be good if they get chris paul or dwight howard .and clear bench get some good players help knicks

  • Lou Velez

    Its funny when most trades are made of the signifigance of the Carmelo Anthony trade most people take a wait and see approach, usually years before you can evaluate the trade. Most of the pundits jumped up and down saying it was a trade you had to make. Early results are the Knicks got hosed. When ever Jim Dolan steps in over a proven basketbal executive like Donnie walsh something must be wrong. what were we all thinking. Of course this is doomed to fail. The knicks had all the leverage, Walsh was handling it like a pro with all the chips then Dolan steps in and gives all the leverage away because he wants to sell tickets at a 49% increase. I guess someone has to pay for the renovation of MSG. Although most trades take some time to evaluate, its an easy equation Dolan or Walsh? who do you want making your basketball trades? When Walsh decides to retire at the end of his contract, whatever progress was made over his tenure will quickly cease and the Knicks will be a perrenial 6 seed, out in the first round of the playoffs. Sound familiar? Oh yeah Carmelo’s old team the Nuggets. Not what Donnie Walsh had in mind I’m sure.

  • pete

    I was as avid of a knick fan as anyone. I’ve watched all but a handful of their games over the last 10 years. The first signs of progress and potential were earlier this year when a certain tempo and chemistry was being created. Just the thought of acquiring melo made me sick. All the NY media like Carton, like Beningo, like Francesca, people who know very little about basketball, yelled and screamed for the Knicks to get melo. Look at the product now. Unwatchable. The lack of effort is astonishing. Dantoni, who I never liked prior to this year, and Walsh knew this wouldn’t work. Does anyone think that Timofey Mozgov was originally the deal breaker? Not only is melo a player with an atrocious attitude and puts 0 effort into the defensive side of the floor, but his game doesn’t fit the system. He is an iso player trying to fit into a pick and roll spread system. What’s more alarming than the Knicks lack of success, is the energy that the nuggets have shown since the deal. George Karl has made comments like “We’re really gonna miss Chauncey and AC (anthony carter)”, or “Now we can start playing some defense”. Direct shots at melo. Denver is 11-4 since the deal and they’ve only played 3 games with their full roster. Felton, Afflalo, and Galinari have all missed time with injuries. They’re giving up, on average, 11 less points per game since trading their superstar. I am as devoted and loyal of a sports fan as anyone, and I find myself genuinely rooting against the Knicks. I’d like to especially thank Carton for ruining my favorite sports franchise.

  • Jose Berberena

    need to relax and have fun like carmello said

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