GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Though the Knicks upset the defending champs Friday night in convincing fashion, they aren't caught up in the idea that they sent a message across the entire league.
"Nah, this is a long journey, and one game doesn't define your team," Jason Kidd said after Saturday's practice. "We just have to build on what we did last night tomorrow against a very talented Philly team.
What the Knicks are focused on is their potential, and Carmelo Anthony believes the new-look Knicks can compete with anybody.
"We're a very deep team, especially if we play the way we played last night," Anthony said. "Offensively, we moved the ball, we shared the ball, everybody felt like they were a part of the game. The most important thing is we played defense."
During the season opener, the Knicks hustled defensively, played unselfishly on offense and moved the ball. Six Knicks scored in double figures. The team dished out 27 assists. And that didn't surprise Anthony.
"I know that's something we've been harping on since the first day of training camp," he said. "We've been practicing it and we just turned it over into the game last night. We just want to keep that going."
Melo credited the team coming together sooner in the summer for initiating chemistry early in the season.
"Even in exit meetings last year, Coach (Mike) Woodson was saying that was something that he was real big on," Anthony said, "us coming together as a team, being together in the offseason, talking to each other, the guys flying down there to Puerto Rico to hang out with me for my weekend, and then after that, us getting together for two weeks before training camp just working out together, getting everybody back. So you saw the commitment at that point."
"When we assembled this team, the first thing that came out of my mouth was team," Woodson said Saturday. "We've got to be a team and then win, in that order. No one's above the team and everybody can be held accountable. ... So it all goes hand-in-hand when you talk about trying to build a winning team and trying to win at a high level."
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