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Willis Reed has high praise for Carmelo Anthony’s game

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It’s not often that an NBA player gets praise from a legend of the sport.

It’s not a “matter of time” thing. It’s something that has to be earned.

That was the case with New York Knicks legend and 1970 NBA MVP Willis Reed who offered very powerful praise for nine-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony.

“I watched Melo in the Olympics. Man, what would I give to have the offensive game that (Anthony) has,” Reed told Christian Red of The New York Daily News.

“Boy, let me tell you something. I watched him freshman year at Syracuse — one thing that kid knows, he can score. He’s a great offensive player. Hopefully the team will be better.”

It’s incredibly refreshing to hear such compliments from a legend, especially with the now common envy that seems to plague former stars like Oscar Robertson, who took shots at reigning MVP Stephen Curry for his long-range antics.

Anthony, who is entering his 14th season (and 6th full season with the Knicks) has yet to bring the team back to the playoffs since 2013 – after having made the playoffs the first 10 years of his career.

The additions of point guard Derrick Rose and center Joakim Noah should prove as an upgrade, coupled with the continued development of Kristaps Porzingis, who will enter his second year with the team.

The Knicks haven’t won a title since Willis Reed was the Finals MVP in 1973.

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