MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Before he took the court for Sunday's game against the Bucks, Carmelo Anthony owned up to "a rare day that I allowed myself to get frustrated" and on Saturday told his teammates not to get used to the moody Melo they saw during Friday's loss in Detroit.
"What I was frustrated about is neither here nor there," said Anthony, who had six points on 2-for-12 shooting in the 99-95 loss, his lowest scoring performance since the trade and his lowest of the season in a game he played more than three minutes. "That day is over with. I was happy [Saturday], got a chance to talk to Coach, got a chance to talk to the guys, just letting them know that, don’t get used to that, me getting frustrated out there. It happened. All around it was just a bad day – us losing, the way we lost, that stuff is frustrating at times."
Anthony showed visible frustration throughout the game, especially toward Toney Douglas, about not getting the ball. Anthony said he and Douglas shared a laugh about it during the team's film session on Saturday at the team hotel in Milwaukee. "I don't take that stuff personally," Anthony said.
D'Antoni also accepted some of the blame for Anthony's frustrations because the coaching staff didn't recognize the issue earlier in the game.
"Everybody has a viewpoint and most of the time it's right in the sense of I should have seen it earlier and we should have gotten on that earlier and then it gets a little frustrating and we lost and that complicates things," D'Antoni said. "But there's no drama. This is still a work-in-progress."
Drama is something the Knicks want to avoid because there are enough problems just getting the new-look team on the same page as they push to clinch a playoff berth. But Stoudemire might have sparked a little bit of a controversy after Friday's game when he said some players need to "buy-in" to D'Antoni's up-tempo offensive system.
D'Antoni said the Knicks need to find a "blend" with their offense, where Anthony will "give some and we'll give some," and reiterated that with so much firepower on the team, offense isn't a concern.
Anthony, who tends to revert more to isolation plays, said he was agreeable with Stoudemire's wish to get back to playing the up-tempo system the team played before the trade.
"D'Antoni got a hell of a offense, I can tell you that," Anthony said. "Everybody knows that around this league. Us on the team knows that. It's just a matter of me picking my spots in that offense and figuring out in a timely fashion. So what I told the guys is, let's be patient, man. This is not going to get together, we're not going to be 100 percent in two and half weeks. This takes some time."