After the Denver Nuggets’ third straight loss to the depleted Utah Jazz (who are now up 3-1) , Carmelo Anthony wasn’t happy.
Anthony, who is averaging 34.5 points per game (and only 3 assists), told the Denver Post, “I’m trying, I’m trying to beat them. I’m trying to do everything I can in my power to beat the Jazz. But, at the end of the day, I need some help. I’m not sitting here pointing fingers or nothing. As a unit, we’ve got to do this together. I can’t do this by myself.”
Anthony dropped 39 points against the Jazz that night, and Chauncey Billups and Kenyon Martin each contributed 14 points each.
Maybe he really does think he’s doing everything by himself, but you can’t voice that to the media, especially when you have to walk into that locker room again, and look those guys in the eyes. I can’t imagine they want to play harder for him after he just threw them under the bus. Especially Chris Anderson.
From the same article, “Anthony loudly chastised teammate Chris Andersen on the bench for taking an ill-advised outside jump shot that clanked.
‘I’m in a battle,’ Anthony said about erupting at Anderen. ‘I don’t have time to worry about people’s feelings right now. I’m trying to win.’”
I think his comments will have the opposite effect than he intended, and where I would have predicted Denver would win game 5 to force a Game 6, I think this team is broken without George Karl, and Anthony is still too immature to really lead this team anywhere meaningful.