Carmelo Anthony has told Knicks staff not hold back criticism in front of teammates

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Carmelo Anthony, despite being the New York Knicks' most talented player by some distance over the past few years, hasn't always remained the most popular of figures on the roster.

With the Knicks having endured a couple of tough seasons, Melo has often been lamented for a perceived lack of effort by fans, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

No excuses

Indeed, many Knicks supporters feel the multi-time NBA All-Star has been given an easy ride by the franchise hierarchy whilst carrying an aura of superiority. Well, it appears Anthony has a plan to ensure he doesn't let his standards slip this time around.


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As reported by the Wall Street Journal's Chris Herring, the veteran has specifically asked the Knicks staff not to dish out any special treatment his way heading into the 2015-16 season.

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Anthony's defensive frailties have long been a cause for concern for those in New York.

And, with the Big Apple franchise having allowed over 100 points-per-game to opponents last season, the team will need their defacto leader to step up and lead from the front if they are to turn things around this year.

Stepping up

The 32-year-old, who missed the second half of the 2014-15 season with a knee injury, may finally be stepping up to take the leadership role many assumed he would embrace when he arrived back in 2011.

With a roster made up of a number of young talented players, a new 'team-first' Melo couldn't come soon enough.

Knicks fans: Do you trust Melo to lead the team? And where will you finish this season? Have your say in the comments below...

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