Nov 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and fans react after he was fouled late during the fourth quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony: Are Knicks questioning Melo's leadership?

Despite his all-around talent, one word has never been synonymous with New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony. That word is leader.

After the Knicks brutal 3-8 start to the 2013-14 season, it looks as if the Knicks are at least questioning ‘Melo’s ability to lead.

Nov 20, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Pacers defeated the Knicks 103-96 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Last year Anthony didn’t have to take on too much of the leadership role in the locker room because they had veterans such as Jason Kidd, Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby on board.

That obviously isn’t the case any long and apparently it has become a cause for concern internally.

According to Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling, that leadership has come into question.

“No one on the team can check him,” one source close to the Knicks said. “He does what he wants. They don’t have anyone like those veterans anymore,”

Zwerling’s source also noted:

“Jason Kidd was a leader and he could tell Melo what’s up. Now, no one does it. If you watch the games, every time down the court he demands the ball. He scored 45 points (against the Rockets), and they still lost. I mean, what else do you need to see?”

This has been a problem for Anthony since the moment he has stepped onto an NBA court and the more the Knicks struggle, the more pressure gets added onto his shoulders to lead this team. That’s something that many around the NBA have often said he isn’t capable of doing.

For the Knicks to turn things around, Melo has to be the guy. That’s just not true in being the Knicks best player, something that isn’t called into question, but it has to be true as well in Anthony leading the Knicks as a true leader.

That’s something he is going to have to prove.

This is a big year for Melo not only because of his impending free agency, but also in terms of showing he can win.

Loss by loss the pressure is mounting on his shoulders.

I guess we will find out soon if he is up for the challenge.

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