The New York Knicks are in the midst of yet another rebuild and as such expectations are tempered somewhat.
But this is New York. This is Madison Square Garden. This is the Knicks. Expectations can never be brought into check that easily.
As such the team has come in for criticism this season after stumbling to a disappointing 4-14 record. And it looks like Knicks talisman Carmelo Anthony has had enough of his team's recent displays - calling out his teammates (and himself) for their lacklustre efforts.
Speaking to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Anthony lent his voice to those who have criticized a recent run from the New York Knicks that has seen them pick up just one win in seven.
"Sometimes we go out there and it's like we don't want to be out there," explained Anthony. "We're not giving effort like we're supposed to."
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Not the only one
Anthony isn't the only current member of the Knicks roster to voice concerns over an apparent lack of enthusiasm. Amar'e Stoudemire expressed a similar sentiment in the aftermath of New York's blowout loss to the OKlahoma City Thunder.
“At this point, I don’t see how a team wants it more than we do. It’s unacceptable. We should be in desperation mode. We’re a team that’s fighting for a win," said Stoudemire on Saturday night.
Something has to change
Knicks fans have had to deal with lackadaisical displays for several seasons now and their patience is likely to be wearing thin.
As Knicks president Phil Jackson, and rookie head coach Derek Fisher continue the fight to implement the triangle offense many fans are aware that solutions will not be found over night.
But as Anthony and Stoudemire have noted, while the team might be struggling to compete at the top table in terms of talent and tactics right now, there is no excuse for a lack of effort on the part of the players.
They owe the fans that much at least.