Tuesday December 2nd, 2014

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said he isn't panicking about the team's struggles to begin the season, according to ESPN.com.

The Knicks are 4-14 and have lost 13 of their last 15 games. Anthony said he's staying positive about the team's chances despite New York's slow start.

"That comes down to us as individuals whether we panic or not," Anthony said, according to ESPN.com. "Me being one of the leaders of this team, I'm not gonna panic, so none of my teammates are gonna panic.

"Every day is a new day. And tomorrow we got another opportunity to try to turn this thing around." 

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Last month, when the Knicks were 2-6, team president Phil Jackson said Anthony was remaining "upbeat." The latter said Monday he's doing what he can to ensure that negativity doesn't take over New York's locker room.

"It's a challenging mindset," Anthony said of not letting the team become accustomed to losing, according to ESPN.com. "I think anytime you're losing basketball games, negativity, lack of confidence can start to seep in." 

Jackson is in his first season as the Knicks' president, and the team is being led by a first-year head coach in Derek Fisher. Much has been made of New York's struggles to learn the triangle offense, and the Knicks entered Monday tied for 26th in the NBA in scoring at 93.4 points per game.

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Anthony is shooting 47.4 percent from the field and leads the team in scoring at 23.7 points per game. He missed two games last week due to back spasms but returned to play 41 minutes against the Miami Heat on Sunday.

The Knicks are currently in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. They host the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

Ben Estes


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