Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Carmelo: No Excuses

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Carmelo: No Excuses

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. - He chose not to blame his left shoulder, a body part he cakes in ice after most nights on the court. He chose not to blame the grind: a 2012-13 season that followed an Olympics year, a regular season in which he averaged 37 minutes a night, a postseason that included 12 playoff games.

Carmelo Anthony was not interested in a pat explanation that would lend meaning to his early shooting woes.

"I don't want to make [any] excuses," Anthony said after Monday morning's practice at the MSG Training Center. "I've just got to get better. I've got to put the ball in the hole. That's what I do best and I've got to do that. ... When I do that, we're a hell of a team."

In his first three games this season, Anthony has hit 23 of his 61 shot attempts. That's 37.7 percent. He has not shot below 43 percent for a season since his rookie year.

One morning after shooting 8-for-21 in a 109-100 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the 29-year-old forward acknowledged he needs to stop doubting his shot selection.

"Maybe I'm second-guessing myself as well," Anthony said. "Maybe I'm a little passive out there trying to do things out of the norm, trying to make people better at the wrong times."

"I've got to get out of that mentality," Anthony added. "Quick."

The Knicks do have a handful of new weapons: Metta World Peace, Andrea Bargnani and Tim Hardaway Jr. All three have been averaging over 20 minutes a game. Coach Mike Woodson suspects that has been a big reason for Anthony's struggle to knock down shots.

"I'm not putting it all on 'Melo," Anthony said. " 'Melo's a big part of what we do here, man, and he's been great at it. I think at times he may be trying to make sure everyone's involved and being a part of it, and that's OK, too."

As a team, the Knicks have shot 43.5 percent from the field, a number that is down only slightly from last season, when they shot 44. …

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