Knicks Carmelo Anthony rips referees, says he may need to bleed for call

Nov 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is restrained by official Scott Foster (48) as he confronts Houston Rockets power forward Dwight Howard (12) and shooting guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. The Rockets beat the Knicks 109-106. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks lost their game to the Houston Rockets in heartbreaking fashion Thursday night, in which Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony was unable to draw a foul on the games final shot.

It didn’t sit well with Anthony, nor did the rest of the calls, as Anthony ripped the officials after the game suggesting that he would need to bleed to get a foul called:

”You look at that, you see the way that some guys get their calls,” Anthony said, ”and for me, I’ve got to get cut, you’ve got to see blood for me to get a call down there. So that’s where the frustration comes from.”

The lack of fouls called on the Rockets wasn’t the only thing that frustrated Anthony, who also suggested the referees were being overly cautious on calls for James Harden:

Asked if it was tough that the Knicks sent Harden to the line often when they got close, Anthony replied, ”We didn’t put him on the line, they put him on the line.”

In fairness to Harden, it’s not as if this is new as the former Arizona State talent is continually among the league leaders in free throw attempts, but Anthony’s frustration isn’t without warrant considering the lack of foul calls late.

Topics: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

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