In a recent interview with USA Today, Carmelo Anthony pointed out one of the keys to playing in New York City was "to keep my mouth shut and just play ball." But as everyone knows, actions speak louder than words and over the last couple months, Anthony's mouth has overshadowed everything he's done on the court. From calling Jeremy Lin's offer sheet from the Rockets a "ridiculous contract" to claiming that he gets blamed for everything that happens with the Knicks, Melo hasn't really been practicing what he's been preaching.

In yet another example of failing to keep his mouth shut, Carmelo touched on the idea that he is a selfish player. "Let's be frank about it," he said. "When it comes to the Knicks, we're talking about one particular point in time. We're talking about the whole 'Linsanity' thing. That's when it started. That's when it started to escalate as far as people saying I was selfish." As you may remember, Anthony missed two weeks after injuring his right groin last season. Coincidentally, during Melo's absence, Lin quickly became a household name.

Carmelo went on to sum up his theory stating:

"Lin came and we started winning games and then we started losing games, and they could only point to one thing, which is me, the leader of the team," Anthony said. "They're not going to point to Amar'e. They're not going to point to Iman Shumpert. They're going to point to me. I accept that. It doesn't bother me."

Do those last two sentences sound familiar? They should. Look, it's not easy dealing with the New York media on a daily basis, but could you just stay true to your word by actually keeping your mouth shut and playing ball?         

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[via USA Today]