Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn was a guest on ESPN's SportsCenter Monday, where he explained the reasoning behind being the sole writer not to vote for LeBron James of the Miami Heat for league MVP. Washburn, who in this esteemed amateur bloggers opinion made the correct choice by voting for New York Knickerbockers forward Carmelo Anthony.
Washburn defended his vote by stating that Carmelo "was the most valuable player to his team. If this is a best player in the league award, LeBron wins this every year." Washburn was very serious in defending his vote. He stated that he "had no idea that the other 120 voters voted for LeBron James. When I placed my vote, I didn't poll the other voters. I thought Kevin Durant would get votes, I thought Kobe Bryant would get votes, I thought Chris Paul would get some votes.
Washburn continued by stating that it was "stunning" and that he was "flabbergasted" when he was made aware the voting totals.
Washburn finished the interview by stating that he "stands by his vote" and that we would not change it if given the opportunity.
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The New York Knickerbockers end the 2012-13 NBA regular season at 54-28 and earn the number two seed in the Eastern Conference. Already purchased game one tickets to watch Melo and crew take the Celtics behind the shed and put them out of their misery.
Carmelo Anthony torched the Heat for 50 points Tuesday night on 18-26 shooting from the field. Melo was 7/10 from behind the three-point line. Yes fairweather Heat fans, we know LeBron and Wade did not play, but the Knicks already beat the Heat twice, both times by 20 points earlier this season when The King and D. Wade were in the line up. The Knicks finished the season 3-1 against the Heat and two of Miami's four home losses have been at the hands of the Knicks. New York is also 2-0 against the Western conferences best, having defeated the Spurs twice this season.
New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson admitted Tuesday that Carmelo Anthony had asked out of Monday nights game against the Cleveland Cavaliers before he aggravated his right knee injury. Woodson said he was too “stubborn” to listen.
Here is what Woodson told ESPN radio in New York:
"Melo was hurt," Woodson said. "For him to ask me to come out of the game before he actually took that spill made me realize that something wasn't right. He's never ever, ever, even hinted about coming out of the game [before Monday]. I play him too much in that regard. Melo's a trooper -- he's a warrior, he's a tough kid."
Woodson was asked during the interview why he chose to leave Anthony in the game after he requested to come out.
Woodson explained that he hoped Anthony would help dig the Knicks out of their 22-point first-half deficit.
"Maybe I should have taken him out before he actually stumbled and took the fall," Woodson said. "But again, I'm thinking [during] the game, 'Hey, he'll play through it. He'll figure it out.'
"But he was hurt. He walked out after he took the spill and he didn't come back, and that's not Melo-like. Obviously, his knee is bothering him."
"I should have [taken him out]," Woodson said. "Stubborn coach -- I just didn't."
Syracuse retired Carmelo Anthony's #15 jersey on Saturday during halftime of its game against Georgetown in the Carrier Dome. Melo led Syracuse to the 2003 national championship when the Cuse upset favored Kansas 81-78. Anthony led Syracuse in scoring and rebounding, averaging 22.2 points and 10 rebounds and was named the Final Four's most outstanding player during his one and only season playing for the Orangemen. A sellout crowd of 35,012, which was the largest crowd to ever see a college basketball game in an on-campus arena stood on it's feet and gave a thunderous ovation when Anthony's #15 was lifted to the rafters.
Melo did not bring good luck to the current team as No. 11 Georgetown ended No. 8 Syracuse's 38-game home winning streak with a 57-46 win.