With Amar'e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin injured, the Knicks' forward has taken charge and flourished, scoring 31.7 ppg in April.
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.
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.
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.
Do you think you played any role in D'Antoni's decision to leave the Knicks?