FROM playing lackadaisical defense to calling out his own plays in defiance of his coach, it’s not easy being Carmelo Anthony these days.
In the midst of a six-game losing streak, the New York star voiced his frustration after his 30-point, 11-rebound, seven-assist performance went for naught after the Knicks blew a 14-point four-quarter lead against Milwaukee and lost on a game-winning buzzer beater by Giannis Antetokounmpo.
"It is what it is," Anthony told reporters on Thursday (Friday, Manila time). "Regardless of what happens when we win, it's us. When we lose, it's me."
Despite the revealing statement, Anthony made it clear that he won’t let the losses affect the team this season just like in the past couple of years.
"We're not going to let anything seep into this locker room as far as negativity," he told The Record’s Steve Popper.
Now in his seventh season with the Knicks, Anthony has faced constant accusations of not being a team player, his insistence of being the focal point of the offense, his drive to reach the next level reached by his peers Lebron James and Dwyane Wade and particularly his commitment to winning.
"I don't even want to think about last year or the year before, those situations. I know right now we're not going to allow ourselves to get down, especially with the guys on this team. We know how to react to situations like this.”
Anthony believes the Knicks as a group need to find answers to take them out of their predicament, “So it's just a matter of sometimes when things are not going your way, they're not going your way. We've got to figure out a way to get out of that."