Mark Twain - perhaps the most quotable American besides Charles Barkley - once said, "It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt."
It seems Carmelo Anthony never read that particular quip.
Anthony and his New York Knicks are in the midst of a three-game winning streak; a run that started when Mike Woodson replaced Mike D'Antoni as head coach. Under Woodson, the Knicks seem much more focused... they are working harder on the defensive end, fighting for rebounds and playing with newfound intensity.
The fact that Woodson is getting his team to play so well speaks well of the new coach. Of course, it also raises an important question: "Where was this energy before D'Antoni was fired?"
We can assume that the Knicks weren't necessarily leaving it all out there on the floor for D'Antoni. But thanks to 'Melo, we don't have to. Anthony confirmed everyone's worst suspicion, telling reporters:
I think in the last three games, my focus was to have an energy that I haven't had so far this season, especially on the defensive end.
Stunning, right? Not the substance of the quote... anyone who thought Anthony was giving 110 percent during the Knicks' post All-Star losing streak simply wasn't paying attention. But the fact that he'd come out and admit that is an absolute shocker.
The only real surprise, for me, is that he didn't follow that up by saying, "And under D'Antoni, Jeremy Lin was taking too many of my shots."
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