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Knicks' Carmelo Anthony called players-only meeting

Carmelo Anthony reacts after a basket during a

Carmelo Anthony reacts after a basket during a game against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. (April 14, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - You know your season is off to a bad start if four games in, you need to hold a players-only meeting.

Carmelo Anthony called one after the Knicks' third straight loss Tuesday to the Bobcats. He talked about competing harder and believing in each other. Anthony wanted to air out things before they spiraled out of control.

"We just weren't competing the way we know how to compete," Anthony said. "We weren't playing the way we know how to play. So hopefully, the conversation we had after that game made everybody realize that although it is early, there are some things we need to fix and we need to fix now."

Anthony said his message was: "We've got to want it. We've got to want to do it. We've got to believe in ourselves and right now, we're playing like we don't even believe in ourselves. It's just effort. But the biggest thing is we're turning the basketball over too much."

The Knicks came into the season believing they can compete for a title. But in their previous two games before Friday night's rematch with Charlotte, they came out flat. Now the Knicks will be without Tyson Chandler for four to six weeks with a broken right leg and can't afford any more slippage.

"It doesn't really have anything to do with the coaches," Anthony said. "It's us that's out there that's playing. I felt like we needed to sit down and talk and we got that out of the way."

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