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‘Melo says Knicks miss leadership of Kidd, rest of old roster

Nov 30, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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Last season the Knicks age — the oldest team in NBA history on average roster age — was an easy punch line. It wasn’t really fair as they were not as old once you compensated for the age of the rotations they played, plus the old guys won 54 games and won the first Nets playoff series in decade.

This season the Knicks got a little younger and… it hasn’t been pretty.

Before the latest Knicks loss — this one to Denver on the road — Carmelo Anthony said the Knicks miss the old guys in the rotation.

“That makeup of the team was different [last year],’’ said Anthony, who lost another homecoming game in Denver. “With J-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, 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.’’

Last season’s Knicks battled injuries too — Tyson Chandler missed 16 games, Anthony 15, Raymond Felton 14 — but due to the team’s fast start to the season they had some cushion, plus they kept winning when guys like Pablo Prigioni had to take on more minutes. Old or not the depth helped them last season.

This season’s Knicks are now 3-12 to start the season and are going to have to dig out of a hole just to make the playoffs. Even in the East. They have a bottom 10 offense and defense so far. They are going to need a run of good play and that’s not likely to happen until Chandler gets back and J.R. Smith finds some kind of offensive groove — Carmelo Anthony is trying to carry this team right now but he can only get them so far. He needs help.

Which comes back to the health and depth issues.

  1. Gordon - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    So he’s saying he is not a leader. That should make Knick fans feel better.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Damn you’d think he’s learned how to be a leader in his 11th season now.

      I hate to say it but Raymond Felton should be a backup in the NBA now. Tim Hardaway Jr. should also be getting more playing time.

      They’re going to have to go on a double digit win streak just to be above .500 – this is getting ugly real fast.

      • melodienmark - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:22 AM

        No question that Hardaway should be on the floor much more, not on the bench. But not at Felton’s expense. He’s good…sometimes very good, though not great. The thing is–about Mr. Melo: he has no clue about how or when to share the ball. It’s mind-boggling and very disturbing for hardcore fans like me to understand how he could be a star in the NBA for 11 years and still not get the simple reality that the successful teams know how to pass the ball, keep the ball moving, find the open man. What the Knicks seem to lack most of all now is brain power. They are playing stupid…meaning: they keep letting Mr. Melo do whatever he wants to do. Like hog the ball, take too many shots, miss a lot of them, and lose games. He deserves credit for grabbing many more rebounds with Chandler out. But last night, I KNEW FOR CERTAIN HE WAS GOING TO TAKE THE LAST SHOT OF THE GAME last night vs. Denver. And I knew that everyone in the arena knew he would take it, ESP. every Nuggets player….and I had a strong notion that he was going to miss it, as he did. Wouldn’t it have been much smarter for him to pass the dang ball, to someone who could get open? If the SuperStar plays without intelligence and can’t be coached, then he should be benched. Then all the younger Knicks would grow into much better players.

    • antistratfordian - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:15 AM

      No, he’s saying he’s the only leader left. Or as the linked New York Post article says: “With Tyson Chandler out, Anthony is the lone leader now on a 3-12 club.”

  2. sportsfan18 - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Hey Melo!

    The Knicks have this guy who is in his 11th season.

    He’s a gold medal winner from the Olympics.

    He’s a max player.

    Oh yeah, that guy is you!

    Sadly the Knicks don’t have a leader.

  3. dj3garrett - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    This is something a rookie might say but not someone who’s in his 11th season and is their best player… I think this answers any questions about Melo being a good leader…

  4. legend30 - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Not saying he’s a leader, but they should never traded Steve Novak. He always gave them a spark off the bench with those three pointers.

    Going back on topic, Melo is basically saying he’s not a true leader, which is sad because it’s his 11th season. With that being said, only one person to blame… James Dolan.

  5. cowboysfaninbuffalove - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:19 PM


  6. cubb1 - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    The Knicks have been playing for the lottery since the first day of preseason. A complete tank job.

    • legend30 - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      They don’t have a 1st round pick.

  7. drewzducks - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Apparently, so do the Nets.

  8. xli2006 - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    And that is todays “Knicks Dysfunction Update”. Stay tuned for another one tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that…

    Is a daily Knicks article really necessary?

  9. lakerade - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Another reason I hope he stays a Knick, don’t want even the possibility of his drama coming west.

  10. blackhercules718 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Melo will opt out of his contract and go to Miami….Bosh will be traded to Dallas or be allowed to walk…Why would Melo stay here? We are 3-12 and other than Bargniani and him where is the talent on this team? As a Knicks fan I would let him walk and wait for Tyson and Amar’e contracts to expire as well and then make a run at Kyrie and Aldridge

  11. patsfan92 - Dec 1, 2013 at 5:44 AM

    “plus the old guys won 54 games and won the first Nets playoff series in decade.” Jesus…

  12. jimeejohnson - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Cantun*a*s: what the f+ck?

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