Raymond Felton on Carmelo Anthony: 'That's a great teammate'
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- In leading the Knicks to a 6-0 start, Carmelo Anthony is losing the tag of one-dimensional, selfish player.
Anthony is shooting less and defending more. He's also playing out of position at power forward and defending and being guarded by bigger players.
During this three-game road trip, which ended here Friday night, Anthony has gone up against Glen "Big Baby" Davis, DeJuan Blair and the Grizzlies' Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Respectively, they weigh 59, 40, 35 and 30 pounds more than Anthony.
"He's guarding power forwards," Raymond Felton said. "It's tough on him and tough on his body. He's sacrificing everything for us, for us to win . . . That's a great teammate over there."
Anthony had one of his quietest games statistically as a Knick in Thursday's win over the Spurs. He faced double- and triple-teams, shot just 3-for-12 and had nine points. But he grabbed 12 rebounds and defended hard, helping to cause a shot-clock violation with 1:22 left.
"There was a point in the game where I huddled everybody up -- use me as a decoy," Anthony said. "It worked out there. I tried to make the right plays."
Lucky No. 13Mike Woodson instituted a 13-turnover challenge with his team. If the Knicks commit more than 13 in a game, the players have to run at the next practice. Fewer than 13, the coaches run. The Knicks were below 13 in five of their first six games.
"This is a way I'm letting these guys know we hold them accountable for taking care of the basketball," said Woodson, who started this in Atlanta with assistant Jim Todd. "We've been running a lot lately. That's a good thing. We've just got to continue on that same path."