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Yes, Carmelo Anthony knew Jared Dudley called him overrated

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Yes, Carmelo Anthony knew Jared Dudley called him overrated

Carmelo Anthony claims he doesn't pay attention to all that's said about him in the public forum. The thing is, his people do and they told him over the summer that Jared Dudley called him the most overrated player in the NBA. 

Anthony and Dudley met Saturday night as the Knicks visited Chinatown. Fueled by that knowledge plus a hot hand from the field, Anthony cooked Dudley and the Wizards.

The All-Star forward scored 37 points in the 117-110 win Saturday night. That included 11 in the final quarter with Dudley not only on the court but often on Anthony defensively.

Asked postgame if he knew of Dudley's comments, Anthony said, "It got back to me. It definitely got back to me. I might not look at and read all that stuff. It gets back to me."

During a radio interview in May, Dudley, then a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, was asked who thought was the most overrated player in the league.

“I would say Carmelo [Anthony] … Carmelo is viewed as a top-five player … He has the talent to be able to facilitate … He’s gotta get out of the first, second rounds — he’s gotta get his teams to the playoffs. LeBron [James], with that [Knicks] roster, LeBron would’ve gotten them to the playoffs. They would’ve been at least an eight-seed.”

Tension between Anthony and Dudley started early Saturday. They chirped at each other in the second quarter, simultaneously picking up technical fouls. "Just basketball," said a smiling Anthony postgame about what words were exchanged.

New York fans were certainly all smiles with what the Knicks leading man did throughout the first of four meetings between the two teams this season.

After missing his first two shot attempts, Anthony sank eight straight. Despite missing 11 of 12 3-pointers over his first two games, he drained four of five against the Wizards. Overall, Anthony made 11 of 18 shots from the field including a tie-breaking long jumper with 1:35 remaining to put the Knicks ahead for good. 

The defender on the play, Jared Dudley. 

Anthony said in the moment, those previous words weren't on his mind over the final minutes. Heading into the game, that's a different story.   

"It becomes competitive at that point and shows what you're made of," Anthony said. "Tonight was one of those nights. It had nothing to really do with him, but this was a game that I circled on my calendar. I'll see him three more times."

Later on that May day, Dudley clarified the overrated talk on Twitter. He also apologized during another ESPN radio interview. "I shouldn't have said that, that was my fault for saying that because it's not the truth," he said.

No word if Anthony's people relayed that message to their guy. The reality is by that point, it wouldn't have mattered. 

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How drawing up a play in the interview process helped sell the Wizards on Troy Brown

How drawing up a play in the interview process helped sell the Wizards on Troy Brown

While meeting with Oregon's Troy Brown during the pre-draft interview process, evaluators from the Washington Wizards issued him an on-the-spot challenge. Head coach Scott Brooks pulled out a dry-erase clipboard and a pen. He wanted to see Brown draw up a play.

This is a test Brooks has administered before to other players. Some have failed miserably.

"It sounds easy to throw a board at somebody in front of a big group and say 'okay draw a play' and I have seen many plays drawn, and I have seen it where there are not five players on the floor," Brooks said.

That wasn't the case with Brown. He didn't just draw up one play, he drew up several. One in particular came to mind when asked by reporters on Thursday night soon after the Wizards took him 15th overall in the first round of the NBA Draft.

“I think it was a situation where we were down by two or something like that," he said. "It was like a back screen into a slip, and then the fade three and they gave you a lot of various options to cause mismatches on the court for a last minute shot to either go ahead, or even attack the basket for a layup to go into overtime.”

NBC Sports Washington analyst Cory Alexander, a veteran of seven NBA seasons, demonstrated what Brown's play looked like on a whiteboard:

The Xs and Os of basketball flow effortlessly for Brown and Wizards' brass couldn't help but be impressed.

"He really understands the game. I think for a kid that is 18 years old, that is rare but he just has a good feel," Brooks said. 

"We were impressed with his character and the type of person he is and his basketball knowledge," team president Ernie Grunfeld said. "Obviously, like any young player, he has a lot of work to do but he has a lot of the intangibles that I think you need in today's game."

Smarts are a big part of what makes Brown a good basketball player. He isn't a particularly explosive athlete, with a modest 33-inch max vertical leap, but he boasts a 6-foot-10 wingspan and solid agility. Being in the right place at the right time and knowing how to operate an offense helps him make the most of his natural abilities.

Passing is where his basketball IQ comes in handy. Brown is unusually good at distributing for a 6-foot-7 small forward. He averaged 3.2 assists as a freshman at Oregon and nine times had five assists or more in a game.

He can pass like a point guard and the Wizards are excited to implement that skill into their offense.

"Passing is contagious. We’ve been pretty good the last two years and with talking about that how we even want to take another step," Brooks said. "He has the ability to make a lot of quick plays and his ball handling is pretty good for a guy his size. That is one thing I was impressed in his workout last week or when we had him. He is able to take the contact and use his strong frame to get inside the key and make plays.”

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller analyze the Wizards' two picks the night of the draft.

They went in-depth on first round pick Troy Brown, Jr. and why the Wizards took him when some big names were still on the board. They also broke down why the Wizards chose to pick a draft-and-stash guy in the second round.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!