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Carmelo Anthony: I Can Coexist With Jeremy Lin

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.”

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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.”

Do you think the Knicks will be even better with Lin and Anthony teamed up? Sound off below…

  • JCM

    I don’t know. With Carmelo on the floor, Lin may not be able to run the same game. They were losing before Carmelo left..Lin comes on and they win several in a row. What do you think ?

  • The Realist

    Carmelo should put a clause in his next contract requiring that Lin be kept benched REGARDLESS of what team he plays for. That way, if any other team puts Lin on the court, the Knicks are in violation.

  • Michael Thompson

    Yes, Carmelo may actually pass the ball!

  • Sean

    Although no a defensive stopper Carmelo is a pure scorer, one of the best in the game. They will be fine Before you go Lin crazy look at his turnover to assist ratio. Very important stat for a PG.

  • Emerly B

    Not Sure. It’s only been seven games for Lin. It seems there’s always a quick chance to crown the next great one after a few games and then they’re gone as quick as they arrive. The only team with a winning record they’ve beat during the seven game win streak is the Lakers and they haven’t played that well this year.

  • humphrey

    if Carmelowas was so good,why would Nicks lose so many games when he was on the court,why couldnt he play the hero to save the team?all he does it focus on himself,Lin is different ,he is now transitioning Nics into a team with teamwork.I guess everyone is witnessing Nicks is playing more andmore confidently and fluently.everyone is starting to enjoy the gameand believe that the can win .that faith is the most important.I got a little worried when melo comes back

  • Tim

    They will become a better scoring team with Carmelo coming into the fray. Carmelo vouched for Jeremy because he saw how Jeremy can help his game too.

  • frank

    yes. let lin run the offense and they will win more games.he make carmelo a better player.

  • JC Schallert

    No, they won’t be better because Carmelo isn’t that good.

    • jake


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