Source: Matt Moore, CBS Sports
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony questioned his team’s effort in a players-only meeting following a loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday.
“We shut the door after the game and talked it out a little bit and tried to figure out what was happening,” Anthony said Friday.
Anthony’s message to his teammates was direct.
“We’ve got to want it, we’ve got to want to do it. We’ve got to believe in ourselves, and right now we’re playing like we don’t even believe in ourselves,” Anthony said. “It’s just effort.”
The 1-3 Knicks were a gangbusters team last year because they tossed up a record number of threes and had an unbelievably low (dare I say unsustainably) low turnover rate. Those numbers aren’t holding up this year and the results have not been good.
It would also help if the Knicks shared he ball more; they’re tops in the league in percentage of time spent in isolation sets according to Synergy Sports.