Does Carmelo Anthony Still Hold Ball Too Long ?

According to a sit down interview with CBS Sports, Knicks’ president Phil Jackson stated; Carmelo Anthony holds the ball too long.  Could Melo be holding up his own success?

Jackson said:

“He can play that role that Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant played,” Jackson said. “That’s a perfect spot for him, to be in that isolated position on the weak side. Because it’s an overload offense and there’s a weak-side man that always has an advantage if the ball is swung.

Carmelo, a lot of times, wants to hold the ball longer than — we have a rule, if you hold a pass two seconds, you benefit the defense. So he has a little bit of a tendency to hold the ball for three, four, five seconds, then everybody comes to a stop. That is one of the things we work with. But he has adjusted to it, he knows what it can do and he’s willing to see its success.”

Carmelo Anthony is one of my favorite players but Phil has a point.  There are times where Melo will continue Jabbing; since he has not gone anywhere or moved the ball,  the defense is allowed to reset.  With that being said I do believe Melo does this less then in the past.


Let’s be honest  Carmelo Anthony is  one of the best scorers in the league.  He should be looking for his shot but if he can’t beat his man off of a quick Jab or dribble move then; he needs to move the ball.

At this point everyone knows the best Melo is “Olympic Melo”, where he can catch and shoot.  When the ball continues to move it sets up more catch and shoot opportunities.

Here is the thing,  if Carmelo moves the ball; his teammates have to do a better job of getting him more looks.  I have seen times when Melo has moved the ball and a player would jack up a shot over feeding it back to a wide open Melo.

Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks are a work in progress and are improving.  The ball movement has gotten better but it’s still not there yet.  Yes Carmelo needs to move the ball more and or make quicker decisions but this is far from the only thing they need to improve on.

What do you think, does Carmelo need to move the ball more or is this much to do about nothing?

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