This is an article from the April 23, 2012 issue
With Amar'e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin injured, the Knicks' forward has taken charge and flourished, scoring 31.7 ppg in April.
DAN PATRICK:You scored 42 against the Heat on Sunday. How tired was your arm afterward?
CARMELO ANTHONY: I'm tired, period. No need to start complaining about it now. It's crunch time. You have to give it your all.
DP:How different is it for you without Jeremy Lin and Amar'e Stoudemire on the court?
CA: With them being out, the ball is in my hands a little bit more. I'm more the creator for everybody else. When Lin had the ball, we spread the court.
DP:Was it frustrating when Lin was running the show for coach Mike D'Antoni?
CA: It was an adjustment for me. I've never played that style of basketball—to go from being a guy who creates for other guys and for myself to just waiting out there hoping and wishing the ball comes to me and not knowing where my shot is going to come from.
DP:Do you think you played any role in D'Antoni's decision to leave the Knicks?
CA: None at all. Even the day he resigned we sat before shootaround and talked, trying to figure everything out. It was a tough time. We were losing games. Nobody could figure it out. I had nothing to do with it. He'd tell you himself.
DP:There were times it looked like you may have been pouting.
CA: It was definitely a different feel for me. As far as pouting, I don't know how to do that. I've never pouted a day in my life. Any situation I've had to deal with, I've dealt with. That was a situation I had to deal with. It just didn't work out.
DP:I'm giving you the chance to vote for MVP. Whom would you pick?
CA: I'd have to go between LeBron or Kevin Durant.
DP:You have to pick one.
CA: Whoever gets the best record.
DP:We're seeing lots of flagrant fouls this season. It seems that almost every hard foul is called a flagrant. Has that changed since you entered the NBA?
CA: Absolutely. When I arrived in 2003, there were a lot of veterans in the league known for hard fouling. The emphasis on flagrant fouls wasn't as magnified. They called it a playoff foul. You get up off the ground, you shoot your free throws, and you go back downcourt.
DP:They also used to blow phantom whistles to help the superstars. Michael Jordan would always get the call. Does that happen anymore?
CA: That was a different era when Jordan was playing. Now nobody gets those calls. Those days are over with.
DP:Eli Manning is hosting Saturday Night Live on May 5. Is that something you'd like to do?
CA: One day I would. I was able to get on the show last year and do a couple of skits. To host, that's big time.
DP:Are you funny?
CA: I will be for Saturday Night Live.
DP:Can you do impersonations?
CA: With Saturday Night Live, even if you're not funny, everyone's going to talk about you. You have to just go with it.
Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson commented on his former team, the Texas Rangers, which invested in Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish and didn't make Wilson a formal offer. "They're entitled to do whatever they want," he told me. "It's their money. I got upset that they kept saying, 'We're going to make [you] an offer.' It wasted my time." ... MLB Network's Kevin Millar, the former major league first baseman, doesn't like the Nationals' putting Stephen Strasburg on a strict pitch count. "It's the big leagues," Millar said. "If you make the roster, you should be able to perform to your ability all season long." ... Golf Channel's David Feherty thinks Tiger Woods needs to change his strategy and stop trying so hard: "Just play like it's fun, because all this work, it's not working." ... Former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden hopes NFL teams don't hold his age, 28, against him in the draft this month. "Treat me like I'm 22," said Weeden, whose college football career was delayed by a stint in minor league baseball. "I don't think many people plan on playing 20 years in the NFL."