Carmelo Anthony: Jeremy Lin “Like A Dream Come True To Me”
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony could return to action toward to the end of the week but he doesn’t expect to take much attention away from Jeremy Lin, according to ESPN.com
“When I get back Jeremy will have the ball in his hands and I’m playing off of that,” Anthony said.
“I know there’s questions about, ‘Can I fit in?’ and stuff like that, but this is like a dream come true to me. It takes some pressure off of me. I don’t have to play point guard. I don’t have to try to get Amare 20 points, try to get this guy 20 points, me try to go out there and get 25-30 points a night, play defense, rebound do the whole thing.”
Anthony has missed the Knicks’ last three games with a groin injury. According to ESPN.com, Anthony thrives in isolation situations, but with Lin’s ascension, the offense has been predicated more on ball movement.
“When I’m reading the stuff, it’s more funny than anything because at the end of the day I know what I bring to the game, I know what I bring to this team,” Anthony said. “My teammates know that. But to say, ‘How can I fit in?’ It’s easy; give him the ball and space out. I get back to doing what I know how to do best. So we’ll see.”
This season, Anthony has averaged 22.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. Lin was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week today after leading the Knicks to a five-game winning streak, scoring 26.8 points per game.