Opening tip: Got leadership?

November, 12, 2013
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony is trying to do his part.

He's called a team meeting. He's sounded the alarm over the Knicks' frustrating lack of effort early this season. And he is trying to project a calm, confident and positive demeanor knowing that the players will follow his lead.

But can he use more support and another leader beside him?

After losing veterans like Jason Kidd, Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace, the Knicks had to replace invaluable experience and leadership. Anthony, Raymond Felton, Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin all talked at the start of training camp about how the Knicks were going to try to replace that with a collective effort. But Chandler is now out for a month or more. And so far, the Knicks' leadership is being put to the test with the team's slow start, including a 31-point blowout at the hands of the Spurs at home.

Having accepted the responsibility and pressure of leading the Knicks, Anthony is doing his best to project a positive attitude in the locker room.

"I don’t like to play with pressure, but I can't be blind to the fact it's pressure," Anthony said when asked if it's getting more difficult to be positive and lead this team out of its funk. "I gotta accept that, and I’ve accepted that. I’ve accepted the challenge to lead this team, and I will continue doing my best to try and do that, regardless of what that is."

Kidd was a major presence in the locker room and on the court. Anthony knows that, but also says this team is still adjusting and finding its leaders.

"I mean, this is a different dynamic," he said. "Everybody leads in their own way. Jason was a quiet guy who led in his own way. Rasheed was a more vocal guy who led in his own way. It’s a different dynamic, different makeup of the team this year. Just about figuring out, getting all the pieces to come together as one."

Up now: Fans may want to point the finger at Mike Woodson for the Knicks' slow start. But Melo says don't blame Woody.

Woodson is trying to "put the fire out" and get the Knicks to defend and play hard.

James Dolan guaranteed the Knicks will beat the Hawks next. And Melo wants to deliver for his owner.

The Knicks continue to slide in ESPN's power rankings.

And, do you want this for Christmas? Check out the Knicks' Christmas Day jerseys.

Coming up: The Knicks are scheduled to practice today and Ian Begley has you covered.

Question of the day: Do you think the Knicks have enough leadership on the roster?
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
23.4 3.3 0.8 36.3
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.4
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.1
StealsP. Prigioni 1.3
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.3