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Monday, December 2, 2013
Opening Tip: Knicks lacking leadership

By Ian Begley

Carmelo Anthony thinks the Knicks miss Jason Kidd's leadership.

"That makeup of the team was different," Anthony told reporters in Denver last week. "With [Jason] Kidd, he was a leader in his own right. He wasn't a vocal leader like a Rasheed [Wallace] or Kurt Thomas. He was leader by example on the court. His hard work, his play, everyone fed off that. And everyone led in their own way. Now we do miss that -- J-Kidd, Kurt, and Rasheed. Last year as a team we were more synchronized than right now due to chemistry, due to having fun, due to just having one another's back."

And that was before the Knicks lost their ninth straight game on Sunday against New Orleans.

Anthony and the Knicks are searching for answers in the wake of an awful start to the season. And it seems like that search isn't providing anything of substance right now.

So it's hard to disagree with Anthony when he says his team is missing the veteran leadership it had last year in Kidd, Thomas, Marcus Camby and Wallace.

Mike Woodson agrees. But he doesn't want his players dwelling on those who aren't here.

"They're missed in the locker room and on the floor but again, they're not here this season. They're not going to walk through that door," Woodson said of Kidd & Co. "We've got to go with what we have. And I think what we have is good enough to win with. It's just, we just haven't come together quickly enough like I thought we would. Again that's still on me to try to get us over the hump."

That brings us to our question: Do you think the Knicks are suffering from a lack of leadership?

Up now: The Knicks set a franchise record on Sunday night with their seventh straight loss at home.

Afterward, Carmelo Anthony said that the team is 'playing to lose.'

Ohm Youngmisuk says the Knicks may have not hit rock bottom yet. That could come Thursday if New York loses to the Nets.

Lastly, both Anthony and Iman Shumpert downplayed an incident caught by MSG cameras that showed Shumpert yelling at Anthony.

What's next:
The Knicks have three days to get ready to play the Nets in Brooklyn on Thursday.

Question: Do you think the Knicks are suffering from a lack of leadership?

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