Just looking at him, you can tell that New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony is more than a frustrated player.
That frustration boiled over at his teammates after Saturday night’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks, criticizing the effort of the team.
“We ain’t playing worth a s— right now,” Anthony said via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York. “We got to play harder.
“I am disappointed too in all of our effort. We are just not getting it done. It ain’t nothing that Coach [Mike] Woodson is doing [or not doing]. It ain’t got nothing to do with X’s and O’s out there on the basketball court. We are not getting it done from an effort standpoint. It’s like we are not even trying right now.”
Anthony is on point with the Knicks effort.
It’s simply not there. The Knicks have been a very soft team at both ends of the floor since Tyson Chandler went down and it’s not getting any better. Opposing teams get whatever they want against them. When teams shoot over 50 percent against you on the regular, you have problems defensively and much of that has to do with effort.
When you hold onto the ball at will on the offensive and take bad shot after bad shot, some of that has to do with effort.
However while Anthony may be correct, he has to watch what he says.
Two days prior he was complaining about the officials and now he is complaining about his team.
Someone needs to be the vocal leader of this team and hopefully his message gets through to his teammates in a positive way. If it doesn’t and it is received negatively, it could fracture an already fragile locker room.
With professionals, you shouldn’t have to question their effort, but the effort the Knicks give is very disturbing.
When you start talking about guys not trying, it is a whole different conversation.
Anthony must realize that he is part of the problem as well. He’s done a good job contributing while his shot has been off, especially on the glass. But as a superstar he can always give a little more as well, especially on the defensive end. Leaders must lead by example.
However you saw Saturday night Anthony as a beast in terms of scoring and rebounding in the first half, yet none of his teammates stepped up and contributed. Imagine how bad the Knicks would have been beaten by the Hawks had it not been for Melo.
At the end of the day something has to be done.
Is calling out his teammates the right move?
I guess we will find out soon.
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