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Carmelo calls out Knicks

Following a loss to the Bobcats, the struggling Knicks held a players-only meeting this week in which Carmelo Anthony called into question the team's effort. Can Anthony lead New York out of their early-season slump? Should coach Mike Woodson be on the hot seat? Are the Knicks even a playoff team this season? Cast your votes below!

Will Carmelo Anthony lead the Knicks out of their early-season slump?

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  • Should Mike Woodson be on the coaching hot seat in New York?

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  • What do you expect out of the Knicks this season?

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  • Which team will Carmelo Anthony be playing for next season?

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  • Will the Knicks have a winning record during Tyson Chandler's likely four-to-six-week absence?

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  • Which franchise is more likely to bring New York its next basketball title?

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  • Which team will make the NBA Finals out of the Eastern Conference?

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The Knicks looked good in the first half of their season opener, leading the Bucks by 25 points at halftime. But that was short-lived as the Knicks had to come from behind in the fourth to win. From there came three consecutive losses, including one to the Bobcats, and a broken leg for their defensive anchor Tyson Chandler. Carmelo Anthony admitted he's been a "bit passive" in the final quarter, but are the Knicks' struggles more than just Anthony's offensive submissiveness?


Slow out the gate

The Knicks haven't lost three straight games after winning their season opener since the 2006-07 season -- a season in which they finished 33-49.

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How worried should the Knicks be about their 1-3 start?

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Extended run

The Knicks have made the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, averaging 44 wins per season.

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Will the Knicks make the playoffs this season?

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Offense over defense?

In 106 minutes with Anthony on the court, the Knicks scored 98.2 points per 100 possessions and 87.3 without. In 106 minutes with Chandler on the court, the Knicks allowed 92.2 points per 100 possessions and 105.6 without.

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Which player is more important to the Knicks?

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Struggling now, struggling later

The Bulls and Knicks are dealing with injuries. The Nuggets have a first-year head coach and new players. Are their records reflective of more than just growing pains?

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Which of these team's slow start is most concerning?

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The Brooklyn Nets enter Year 2 of their return to New York with a new, win-now look after the big offseason trade to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. It did not take long for both the Nets and the Knicks to lay claim to the hearts and minds of all New Yorkers. Re-signed J.R. Smith insists that the Knicks have not lost any ground to the Nets. New Net Pierce says his hate for the Knicks "has grown a little" and that he's ready to have his new team take over his new city. Let the fireworks begin!


Better lineup?

The Nets added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to their starting lineup, while the Knicks' starters should be the same as last season.

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Which team will have the better starting lineup in 2013-14?

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Battle for New York?

Last year, New York and Brooklyn tied the season series with two wins each, but the Knicks won the Atlantic Division by five games over the Nets.

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The Knicks and Nets play four times in 2013-14. How will the series go?

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One more title?

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett teamed up to win a title with the Boston Celtics in the 2007-08 season, the only championship for both.

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Will Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett win an NBA title with the Nets?

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Whom do you love? When it comes to the NBA, it appears fans now prefer LeBron James. Yes, according to the latest ESPN Sports Poll, the Miami Heat star -- he of the ill-received "The Decision," but also of the last two MVPs and NBA championships -- took first for the first time in four years, named a favorite by 12.9 percent of fans. Among others, he bested fellow multiple champion Kobe Bryant (12.5 percent). Rounding out the top five: Kevin Durant (3.6), Derrick Rose (2.8) and Dwyane Wade (2.6). Who are your favorites? Make your picks from this list of stars!

Your favorite NBA players

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Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

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Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

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Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

Brooklyn Nets

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Los Angeles Clippers

James Harden

James Harden

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Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

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Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

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LeBron James

LeBron James

Miami Heat

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

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Steve Nash

Steve Nash

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Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

San Antonio Spurs

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Los Angeles Clippers

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

Brooklyn Nets

Zach Randolph

Zach Randolph

Memphis Grizzlies

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

Boston Celtics

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Chicago Bulls

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

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The men's basketball roster for Team USA is set, and the latest incarnation of the Dream Team is ready to go for the gold in London. The squad is missing some big names -- two-thirds of the Miami Heat's Big Three and Dwight Howard, to be specific -- but it's rounded out with guys like Blake Griffin and James Harden. Coach K thinks this squad could be better than 2008's team, but will it also win the gold?

More: Who are the best players on Team USA?


Wade or Howard?

Neither Dwyane Wade nor Dwight Howard will be able to attend this year's Olympics due to health concerns.

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Which injured star will Team USA miss more this summer?

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Biggest snub?

Many pundits thought Anthony Davis would be a good addition to the squad, but he and others were left off in the end.

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Who was the biggest snub from the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team final roster?

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2008 or 2012?

2008: Anthony, Boozer, Bosh, Bryant, Howard, James, Kidd, Paul, Prince, Redd, Wade, Williams
2012: Anthony, Bryant, Chandler, Durant, Griffin, Harden, Iguodala, James, Love, Paul, Westbrook, Williams

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Which Team USA Olympic roster is better?

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