Posted by Sabrina B.Â @gametimegirl
The New York Knicks are 4-0 under new coach Mike Woodson. There havenâ€™t been a lot of new offensive sets â€” they still run a lot ofÂ Jeremy LinÂ pick-and-rolls withÂ Tyson Chandler, althoughÂ Carmelo AnthonyÂ gets a few more isolations. The defense has improved.
What has been the difference? Carmelo Anthony is trying.
Credit it to Woodson holding â€˜Melo accountable or whatever else you want, Anthony said heâ€™s giving a better effort.Â Here is the quote, via Newsday.
â€œI think in the last three games, my focus was to have an energy that I havenâ€™t had so far this season, especially on the defensive end,â€ he said. â€œEverybody on this team knows, everybody in the world knows I can score the basketball. Itâ€™s not that important to me.â€
He will spin it another way, but is there another way to read that other than â€œIâ€™m trying harder.â€ Coaching changes will bring a new energy to a team, but if you are the star of a team, the leader, it shouldnâ€™t change the effort level.
Mike Dâ€™Antoni is more of a playersâ€™ coach â€” heâ€™s not a screamer, he expects players to act like professionals. That worked great with aÂ Steve NashÂ led locker room â€” heâ€™s about as self motivated a guy as there is in the league.
That strategy did not work with the Knicks. Woodson, he gets in guys faces. Anthony said he welcomes that.
â€œWhen he got the job, I told him, â€˜Hold me accountable,â€™ â€ Anthony said of Woodson. â€œI donâ€™t have a problem with criticism. If I can do something to help better this team, let me know. And heâ€™s been doing that.â€