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The Big O: Melo should go

Oscar Robertson, former Cincinnati player, talks to the

Oscar Robertson, former Cincinnati player, talks to the press during an event held at Madison Square Garden that welcomed the return of NCAA Tournament legends that played at the Garden in college on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

The Big O thinks Carmelo Anthony should go ASAP.

Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson said during an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio that if he were Anthony he would not re-sign with the Knicks. Robertson said Anthony is unfairly criticized for shooting too much and that he doesn’t get enough help from his teammates.

“I would leave today,” Robertson said on “Spike Lee’s Best Seat in the House,” which will air Thursday night at 7 p.m. “Let me tell you why. Wherever that kid has gone, when he was at Denver, they had a team that fooled around with the ball, fooled around with the ball, then all of the sudden when they needed a basket, threw it to Carmelo. Then, when he shot the ball, they said he shot too much. Then when he didn’t shoot they said he didn’t shoot enough.

“No matter what he does in New York they’re going to criticize him, the people are going to criticize him, because you got guys on that team [the Knicks] that cannot play.  You got guys that are hurt all the time.”

Lee then said that Knicks president Phil Jackson is here to "clean this mess up.” But Robertson still said Anthony should go.

 “Let me ask you: When was the last time Phil Jackson played?” Robertson said. “I think Phil is great to have gotten $12 million out of [the Knicks]. Super job. Take the money and run. 

“If I were Carmelo I would say, ‘Listen, I’m not gonna stay here and take all this gruff and all this criticism.  You got other guys on this team making $12, $15, $16  million and doing nothing, and here I am averaging 28, 29 points per game.’”

Jackson said Wednesday that he hopes Anthony “is true to his word” and takes less than maximum money to re-sign with the Knicks. Jackson said he would speak to Anthony about that.

But Anthony could take less money and go play for a ready-made contender such as Chicago or Houston.  Robertson said the Rockets would be champs if Anthony joined them.

“If he goes to Houston, they’re going to win everything,” Robertson said. “You look at LeBron [James]; LeBron’s got a great game and the kid down at Oklahoma, [Kevin] Durant’s got a great game – they can’t out-shoot Carmelo.

“I’ve seen him in a lot of basketball games over the years and I’m telling you right now the kid, he just can get that shot away.  Now he’s gotten smarter, he’s going to the basket a lot. But what gets me is that everyone thinks that everything that happens bad is his fault.”

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