Kobe Bryant doesn't appreciate how critics were calling Carmelo Anthony the Knicks' problem during Linsanity last season, and now they are treating him like a savior.

"I think last year was very tough for him because he was criticized a lot for shooting and for playing the way he likes to play," Bryant said after scoring a game-high 31 points. "Then the whole Linsanity thing and everybody said, 'Well, they're better without Melo' and all this nonsense. You guys are all guilty of it. . . . And as a result, he got a little gun-shy and a little self-conscious about things."

The Lakers superstar is not surprised by Anthony's MVP-caliber start to the season, especially after he offered a pep talk to his teammate while they were together last summer at the 2012 Olympics.

"I asked him, 'What the hell are you doing? You have to do what you do best.'" Bryant said. "Now, the organization has put pieces around him that have allowed him to be Melo. And now you guys are all celebrating him for things he's always done. It's funny. God bless you guys."

Anthony entered the game second in scoring in the NBA with 27.7 points per game to Bryant's 29.2. Bryant is celebrated for his dominance in L.A., but rewards have not appeared in the form of victories.