‘Melo, Knicks players have Mike D’Antoni’s back. Verbally.

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If Carmelo Anthony really wanted to help Mike D’Antoni out, he would get back on the court and when he does try moving the ball quickly not stopping and going into isolation so often.

But that’s not happening — Anthony is not expected to play Tuesday night (he did not take part in shootaround that morning), and whenever he does get back to the court you can expect the ball to stop every time it touches his hands.

But he is saying all the right things. So there’s that. Here is what Anthony said about his coach, via the New York Daily News.

“Any time teams are losing, that’s the first thing that comes to mind is the coach, but we don’t talk about that,” Anthony said Monday in Greenburgh. “We support Mike 100%. He’s here with us, we’re here with him. We’re going to roll with that.”

This followed Amare Stoudemire doing pretty much the same thing speaking to the New York Post a day earlier.

But the fact of life in the NBA is that even though the GM (and more so owner James Dolan) put together a mismatched roster that doesn’t fit the system, you can’t fire the owners or the players. So D’Antoni will take the fall. He’s not blameless (he hasn’t tried to modify his system to fit the players given him), but the Knicks problems right now are more about the people that bought the ingredients than the cook.