New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said Monday that he will have a private talk with Tyson Chandler over comments the center made on Sunday, when he said the team was playing selfishly on offense.
“I really don’t want to go back and forth about that because I really don’t know exactly what he was talking about. But if he feels that way, we’re about to get together right now. We’ll discuss that amongst ourselves and figure that out,” Anthony said after practice, via Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com.
Chandler wants the game to dictate who takes the shots not the individuals. The Knicks scored only 71 points in a Game 3 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.
“I watched the tape myself and there’s open looks,” Chandler said Sunday. “We have to be willing passers. You have to sacrifice yourself sometimes for the betterment of the team, for the betterment of your teammates. So when you drive in the paint, you draw, you kick it. We need to do a better job of allowing the game to dictate who takes the shots and not the individuals.
“I’m not saying that anybody is doing it maliciously. I think it’s moreso a situation, you want to take over the game or you want to make a big shot, where you have to just stick to the game plan. Good teams win basketball games. Unless you’re a great, great, great individual, and we’ve only had a few of those come through.”
Chandler didn’t call out any individuals, but Anthony did shoot 6 for 16. Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith and Jason Kidd combined to shoot 5 for 24.
Anthony insisted everyone is on the “same page.”
“We’re good. As far as mentally and everybody being on the same page and everybody staying confident, everybody is where we should be,” Anthony said.
Game 4 is Tuesday night in Indiana.