Having a day to sit around and contemplate exactly what the world saw out of Carmelo Anthony on Thursday, it’s much easier to put what Melo accomplished into words.
Had I written this yesterday, it would have been a one word article that simply read- WOW!
For those that missed it, Anthony set a U.S. men’s Olympic team record of 37 points in a 156-73 Team USA win over Nigeria.
But that wasn’t the impressive part. Anthony going 13-for-16 from the floor was impressive, but that wasn’t even the most impressive part of Melo’s performance.
The impressive part is that he scored those 37 points in 14 minutes.
That’s not a misprint or a typo. Melo nearly dropped 40 on Nigeria in a little over a quarter, leaving me to only once again say- WOW! If you are scoring at home, Melo has scored 53 points in his last two games in only 26 minutes of playing time, which means he went over 50 in slightly over a half.
But what do we make of his performance?
It is exactly what it is and that’s two good games against the likes of Tunisia and Nigeria. I certainly won’t downgrade what Melo has done the past two times he’s stepped on the floor, missing a total of three shots in two games, but don’t read too much into it.
I wrote yesterday that the Olympics are perfect for Melo and that’s proving to be true.
He can shoot the ball as much as he wants and doesn’t have to worry about being a complete player or leader for Team USA. Melo’s as good as a scorer as there is in basketball and international play allows him to show off that skill and he’s done so in a big way.
However, don’t read too much into it and think that Melo’s recent scoring binge will translate into a great 2013 season in the Big Apple.
It would be nice, but the reality is that Tunisia and Nigeria are far from being the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder. The NBA game is much tougher for Melo as his flaws can be and often are exposed.
It’s great to see Melo doing so well at the London games, but what he’s doing there won’t have any impact on how he performs in a Knicks uniform in 2013 and beyond. It would be nice to see him go nuts like that in a Knicks uniform and he certainly will have his moments during the season, however it’s more important to see him do the little things necessary to lead this team where they are capable of going.
But you certainly can’t take away from the way he’s performed in the Olympics.
Even great Olympians and NBA legends of the past have to look at Melo’s performance the past two games and simply say one word- WOW!
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