Carmelo Anthony proved he is not overrated

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After Jared Dudley said that the New York Knicks star is the most overrated player in the NBA, Carmelo Anthony did not forget those words.

Back in May Dudley said that Anthony was overrated because he was not able to go deep into the playoffs, to which he later apologized. However the apology came too late, as Anthony scored 37 points to help his team win 117-110, at the Verizon Center.

“Oh yeah, it got back to me,” Anthony said, “Definitely got back to me. I might not look at it and read all that stuff but it gets back to me.”

Anthony had a slow start, shooting just 32.6 percent from the field and making only 1 of 12 3-point shots in his first two games. But as soon as he got comfortable against Washington, he managed to score 18 points by halftime.

Anthony and Dudley were charged with double technical fouls, when there were 4:58 left in the second quarter. However, Anthony was able to score 11 of his points in the fourth including burying a go-ahead 21-footer on Dudley to give the Knicks a 108-106 lead with 1:35 remaining.

“I mean it becomes competitive at that point, you just want to go out there and show what you are made out of,” Anthony said  “Tonight is one of those nights. It had nothing really to do with him but this was a game that I circled on my calendar. I’ll see him three more times.”

When Dudley was asked who was the most overrated player in the NBA he answered, “the reason I say Carmelo is because Carmelo is viewed as a top-five player, he’s viewed in the NBA as a top-five,” Dudley said then. “Carmelo, he has the talent to be able to facilitate. The triangle should fit him to where he’s got to make guys better, and defensively he’s got to take it to the next level up.”

“Carmelo, you gotta get out, you gotta get out the first, second round,” Dudley added. “You gotta get your team to the playoffs. Lebron James with that roster… he would have got them to the playoffs, he would have got them to at least the eighth seed. He’s not LeBron, he doesn’t have to be.”

Even though he later apologized for his words regarding Anthony “I shouldn’t have said that, that was my fault for saying that because it’s not the truth.”

Anthony did not leave it behind.

“It wasn’t really nothing kind of personal against him,” Anthony said, “I just knew what was said in the offseason. So that was in the back of my mind.”



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