Carmelo Anthony Held a Players-Only Meeting for Struggling Knicks

by November 08, 2013

Raymond Felton may be preaching patience, but with the New York Knicks off to an ugly 1-3 start, Carmelo Anthony called an urgent, players-only meeting in the locker room following a Tuesday night loss at home to the Charlotte Bobcats. Per the NY Post: “We shut the door after the game, talked it out a little bit,’ a downbeat Anthony said Friday at the morning shootaround at Time Warner Cable Arena ahead of a road rematch with the Bobcats. ‘Try to figure out what was happening and going on. We just weren’t competing the way we know how to compete. We weren’t playing the way we know how to play. Hopefully the conversation we had after the game made everyone else realize, though it is early, there are things we need to fix and fix now. We got to want it,’ added Anthony, who is shooting just 37.1 percent. ‘We got to want to do it. We got to believe in ourselves right now. We’re playing like we don’t believe in ourselves.’’ The team’s turnover issues also came up during the meeting, Anthony said. Last season, the Knicks led the league in fewest turnovers and now they are committing a bundle – 16.5 per game. ‘[It was] just players,’ Anthony said of the pow-wow. ‘It doesn’t really have anything to do with the coaches. It’s us out there playing. I felt we needed to sit down and talk and get that out of the way.’ After the Charlotte loss, Anthony seemed as down as at any time during his Knicks stint, saying, ‘It’s easy to go to a dark place right now.'”