, Gloucester, MA

January 9, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Fraud Alert

In Monday night’s loss to the Celtics, New York Knicks forward Carmello Anthony proved why he is one of the biggest frauds in the NBA.

The Knicks forward was in the middle of one of the worst shooting nights of his career (6-28) against the Celtics Monday and turned his frustrations to Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. The two were involved in several verbal exchanges during the game and Anthony waited for Garnett outside of the Celtics team bus after the game ended.

These actions by Anthony are the reason why the Knicks will never win a championship as long as he is their go to guy. Sure he is a force on the offensive end with his combination of size, athleticism and physicality. But those attributes don’t show on the other end of the floor.

Celtics fans know first hand how one dimensional Anthony is. In game 3 of the 2011 First Round, Anthony torched the Celtics for more than 40 points, keeping the Knicks in the game. But on a key inbound pass in the final seconds of the fourth Anthony showed little effort covering Rajon Rondo on an inbound pass and allowed the Celtics to dribble precious seconds off the clock.

Good teams can talk and still keep their game elevated, case in point the Celtics. Second rate stars let trash talk from Garnett get into their heads, and that’s just what Anthony is, a second rate star.

NHL hockey anyone?

How much did sports fans miss the NHL season? One has to wonder when you consider a poll taken in Canada two weeks ago. When fans were asked how much they missed professional hockey, 58 percent replied “not at all” or said that they could “care less” about the lockdown.

‘The loneliest number’

The Dec. 31 issue of Sports Illustrated included a terrific article on Grinnell College’s Jack Taylor as well as others, in the NBA (only Wilt Chamberlin) and college, who have scored 100 points in a game. It provides an interesting perspective and gives you added respect for Taylor.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

and Dave Dyer