Amar'e Stoudemire has hit out at teammate J.R. Smith for criticising the New York Knicks after his side's 109-90 defeat against the Chicago Bulls.
Smith said the Knicks did not show enough 'heart' in their recent defeat against the Bulls.
However Stoudemire believes Smith was wrong to publicly criticise his teammates and should instead focus on his own performances.
Speaking to the New York Post, Stoudemire said on Smith's comments: “You have to look at yourself in the mirror before we make statements.
“We got to make sure you’re playing hard first. You take care of yourself and then everyone else will follow suit. Until you do it yourself, then you can lead by example."
Stoudemire impressed for the New York Knicks - scoring 14 points for his side.
However his display was not enough to save the Knicks from falling to their sixth successive defeat.
Mike Woodson's side remain three places below the Eastern Conference playoff places - having claimed just 21 wins from 60 games so far this season.
The Knicks will be hoping to bounce back from their latest defeat on Monday night, as they face the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Pistons are also battling to seal a place in the playoffs.
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