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Melo thankful for Kobe’s advice

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While speaking to reporters at All-Star Weekend in Houston, Carmelo Anthony didn’t hesitate to proclaim his team as being ready for an NBA Title run. Anthony has been receiving some advice from the Lakers legend ever since Mike D’Antoni stepped down last season. Melo was receiving criticism over the incident but continued talking to Bryant throughout the summer and into the Olympics.

Per NJ.com:

“We just got to go out there and do it,” Anthony said, as quoted by Fred Kerber of the New York Post. “I can sit here and talk about how bad I want the title, what we have to do to win the title, what I think we have to do to win the title. If we don’t go out there and do it, everything I’m saying is irrelevant.”

The irrelevance of Anthony’s quote is something we can all agree on.

Perhaps some more important words were uttered by 15-time All-Star Kobe Bryant. Anthony has been receiving some advice from the Lakers legend ever since Mike D’Antoni stepped down last season. Melo was receiving criticism over the incident but continued talking to Bryant throughout the summer and into the Olympics.

Fast forward to the 2012-2013 NBA Season and Anthony is playing his best basketball.

“I think it’s helped,” Bryant said, as quoted by Newsday’s Al Iannazzone. “What I told him was, ‘Listen, you can’t listen to what the critics, the pundits are saying. You can’t adjust your game because of criticism. If you do what you do, everything else will fall into place.’ Hopefully he took that advice to heart.”

“Me and Kobe talk a lot,” Anthony said, as quoted by Iannazzone. “A lot of conversations came last season throughout the season. We talked this summer. We talked at the Olympics. His approach to a lot of things I definitely admire. If I could take anything away from what we talked about, it was just his approach, how to approach different things, kind of how to block things and stay in his mind frame.”

 

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