Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Melo: We have no chemistry
By Ian Begley
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The New York Knicks insist that they get along great off the court.
On the court? That's another matter.
Carmelo Anthony says the Knicks are out of sync on the court.
"There's no synchronization out there on the court," Carmelo Anthony said after Tuesday's practice. "Off the court, we talk to each other, we hang out with each other. We have fun with one another. But once we get on the court, it seems we're not in sync with one another right now. We've got to figure out ways to get that done and make it happen."
Anthony and other Knicks have complained about chemistry issues throughout the team's slow start.
Last week, Anthony said the Knicks (3-13) were suffering from a lack of leadership. Anthony believes the Knicks miss Jason Kidd, Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace in the locker room.
He was asked on Tuesday if anyone has stepped up to replace Kidd & Co.'s leadership in the locker room.
"I'm a leader of this team. I know that and everybody else knows that," Anthony said. "I'll lead in my own way. Kenyon Martin might lead in his way. Everybody is a leader. As a leader of this team I need other guys to help me lead. That's just the way it's got to be."
As far as the big Knicks-Nets showdown on Thursday, no one was particularly interested in talking about the rivalry on Tuesday.
"We can't worry about what other teams are doing. We have to only worry about what we're doing. We're not in a great state. Let's just be quite frank with that," Anthony said. "We're losing basketball games. Frustrating, mentally draining. We just have to do whatever we have to do, whatever it takes, to win basketball games, and it starts with Brooklyn."
Doesn't sound like Karl wants to coach Knicks: If Mike Woodson loses his job, don't expect George Karl to replace him. In an interview with Denver radio host Dave Krieger, Karl said he has no interest in coaching the Knicks.
"I watch the Knicks play and I wouldn't want to be in that hell for a million dollars. It's just New York City and the Garden and the immensity of the pressure. I think Mike Woodson is standing up to it with tremendous integrity," he told Krieger.
Vegas down on Knicks: One Las Vegas sports book, Bovada LV, had the Knicks at 25/1 to win the NBA title before the season started. Now, those odds have plummeted to 50/1.
According to Bovada LV's most recent odds, the Knicks are 3/1 to win the Atlantic Division. The Brooklyn Nets are the favorites at 2/3.