NEW YORK (WFAN) — Carmelo Anthony has heard the talk from Knicks fans.
And no, he’s not worried about sharing the court with sensation Jeremy Lin.
“I can’t worry about what other people are saying about me,” Anthony told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Wednesday. “At the end of the day, it’s just their opinions. But if I said I don’t hear it or it doesn’t bother me a little bit, I’d be lying to you.”
Anthony was brought in from Denver last February and led the Knicks to the playoffs, though the team struggled at times to come together.
It was more of the same to start 2011-12. The Knicks, then 9-15, were coming off a win over New Jersey when Anthony went down with a strained groin on Feb. 6.
Now the Knicks are back to .500, riding “Linsanity” to seven straight wins going back to Feb. 4. But what will happen when Anthony makes his return, perhaps as early as Friday?
“Come on, man,” Anthony told Francesa. “Come on. I’ve only been with two teams, but they said the same thing when (Allen Iverson) came to Denver. They said the same thing when Chauncey (Billups) came to Denver. They said the same thing when I came last year. It’s not going to never stop, so I take it for what it is.”
Anthony, who has also battled thumb, wrist and ankle ailments this year, said he won’t come back until he’s “100 percent.”
“I won’t do that to myself,” he said. “I already tried to go out there and tried to play injured. It didn’t work. We went on a losing streak and then I get all the whips on my back. I’m not doing that no more. I’m not trying to play Superman. I want to be 100 percent.”
Knicks fans got a glimpse of what Lin can do when he’s dishing Wednesday. He had 10 points on only six shots, but handed out a career-high 13 assists in New York’s 100-85 win over Sacramento.
That could be the winning formula for Anthony and Lin.
“Will I have to make adjustments? Yeah,” said Anthony. “I’ll figure it out. I’m a very smart basketball player, I want to go out and play ball.”
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