Woodson: 'Melo needs to get in shape
With Carmelo Anthony facing his eighth first-round playoff exit in nine seasons Sunday, Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson issued a challenge to the star forward to come back in better shape next season.
According to a person familiar with the situation, Woodson would like Anthony to shed some weight before training camp.
Anthony, who has been outclassed by the Heat's LeBron James in this first-round disaster, has the worst NBA playoff winning percentage, .308 (a record of 16-36), for any player who has been in at least 50 games.
"Expectations aren't going to change in New York, you know that," Woodson said. "They shouldn't. Rightfully so. Anthony's going to have to raise his game. He's got to do things this summer to better his game."
With the Knicks trailing the Heat 3-0, Anthony is shooting 34.4 percent in the series (22 of 64). He is 1 of 9 from 3-point range. In seven playoff games as a Knick, all defeats, he is shooting 36.2 percent.
In Game 1, Anthony scored just 11 points. He faded in Game 2 in the second half. In Game 3 on Thursday at the Garden, Anthony was flat for four quarters and shot 7 of 23 with five turnovers.
Anthony has complained about double and triple-coverage, but he has not made Miami pay. Perhaps that is why Woodson made the point of Anthony elevating teammates.
"I like to see [that] and he's made major strides this year," Woodson said. "We started this journey, he made guys around him better and he was better for it. That has to be a continuation. I got to push him to be in better shape when you start the season."