New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is known sometimes for his sub-par defense, and many have criticized him for this lack of effort on that side of the court. The Knicks, however, are not without blame. Both Anthony and the Knicks are not stellar when it comes to defense and they can greatly improve on that aspect of their game.
Carmelo Anthony with Sports Illustrated: “As a team, we’re on our way. You gotta remember, you talking about a group of guys who never played a day with each other and were used to a system that they had already — and that actually was working a little bit for them. And then you get four or five guys who were key components on that team, and they leave and they only get two guys in return — it’s a totally different situation for the guys who came in and the guys who stayed.”
Nevertheless, Anthony does make a valid point when saying these current Knicks did not have a lot of time to grow accustomed to each other. Now with the lockout postponing the start of training camps, it will take longer for the Knicks to start playing like a collective group. Let’s hope the work stoppage ends soon, and the revamped coaching staff will help New York on defense.