“Carmelo, I think, wanted to be a leader, but I don’t think he completely knew how to be a leader as a player.” That’s how Phil Jackson explained one of the reasons for his failed tenure as the President of Basketball Operations with the New York Knicks. Iman Shumpert disagrees.
It’s not like Shumpert thought Carmelo was doing a great job. By his own admission, Iman called Carmelo out several times about his leadership. The catch is, Shumpert thought Melo was too selfless, taking the blame for everything that was going on.
“Melo was one of those guys that I’ve never felt so safe [with]. As the games went on, I started realizing this dude will really take the blame for everything.” Iman Shumpert, The Jump
Shumpert said there were times when Melo would take the blame for situations other people were responsible for. He would go after Melo and challenge him not to do it. Not only because it wasn’t fair, but the truth could get people to make amends by playing harder.