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Carmelo calls out Knicks
Following a loss to the Bobcats, the struggling Knicks held a players-only meeting this week in which Carmelo Anthony called into question the team's effort. Can Anthony lead New York out of their early-season slump? Should coach Mike Woodson be on the hot seat? Are the Knicks even a playoff team this season? Cast your votes below!
The Knicks looked good in the first half of their season opener, leading the Bucks by 25 points at halftime. But that was short-lived as the Knicks had to come from behind in the fourth to win. From there came three consecutive losses, including one to the Bobcats, and a broken leg for their defensive anchor Tyson Chandler. Carmelo Anthony admitted he's been a "bit passive" in the final quarter, but are the Knicks' struggles more than just Anthony's offensive submissiveness?
Slow out the gate
The Knicks haven't lost three straight games after winning their season opener since the 2006-07 season -- a season in which they finished 33-49.
The Knicks have made the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, averaging 44 wins per season.
Offense over defense?
In 106 minutes with Anthony on the court, the Knicks scored 98.2 points per 100 possessions and 87.3 without. In 106 minutes with Chandler on the court, the Knicks allowed 92.2 points per 100 possessions and 105.6 without.
Struggling now, struggling later
The Bulls and Knicks are dealing with injuries. The Nuggets have a first-year head coach and new players. Are their records reflective of more than just growing pains?
The Brooklyn Nets enter Year 2 of their return to New York with a new, win-now look after the big offseason trade to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. It did not take long for both the Nets and the Knicks to lay claim to the hearts and minds of all New Yorkers. Re-signed J.R. Smith insists that the Knicks have not lost any ground to the Nets. New Net Pierce says his hate for the Knicks "has grown a little" and that he's ready to have his new team take over his new city. Let the fireworks begin!
The Nets added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to their starting lineup, while the Knicks' starters should be the same as last season.
Battle for New York?
Last year, New York and Brooklyn tied the season series with two wins each, but the Knicks won the Atlantic Division by five games over the Nets.
One more title?
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett teamed up to win a title with the Boston Celtics in the 2007-08 season, the only championship for both.
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The men's basketball roster for Team USA is set, and the latest incarnation of the Dream Team is ready to go for the gold in London. The squad is missing some big names -- two-thirds of the Miami Heat's Big Three and Dwight Howard, to be specific -- but it's rounded out with guys like Blake Griffin and James Harden. Coach K thinks this squad could be better than 2008's team, but will it also win the gold?
Wade or Howard?
Neither Dwyane Wade nor Dwight Howard will be able to attend this year's Olympics due to health concerns.
Many pundits thought Anthony Davis would be a good addition to the squad, but he and others were left off in the end.
2008 or 2012?
2008: Anthony, Boozer, Bosh, Bryant, Howard, James, Kidd, Paul, Prince, Redd, Wade, Williams
2012: Anthony, Bryant, Chandler, Durant, Griffin, Harden, Iguodala, James, Love, Paul, Westbrook, Williams