SH Blog: Melo has no idea how to fix the Knicks, Wade unsure of what approach to take with current contract

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Things couldn’t have gone much uglier for the New York Knicks in the first month of the season.

They lost defensive anchor Tyson Chandler to a leg injury, J.R. Smith has been awful since coming back from a 5-game suspension, Amare Stoudemire has been a shell of himself while playing limited minutes, Iman Shumpert’s name in trade rumors has been a distraction, and Andrea Bargnani is what most of us expected him to be – a scoring forward who can’t rebound or play team defense.

The end result? Tied for the second-worst record in the league at 3-13. The Knicks are officially a mess.

STORY OF THE DAY:

Carmelo_AnthonyAfter another deflating loss to the New Orleans Pelicans at home, Carmelo Anthony believes his team lacks a winning mentality, from Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

“I think we’re playing to lose rather than playing to win right now,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ 103-99 loss to New Orleans on Sunday. “When you lose games the way we’ve been losing them at home, on the road, you start thinking a lot. You start playing a little tense. You start playing on your heels.”

“We just can’t seem to get it together,” Anthony said after scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds. “We can’t seem to figure it out.”

“I don’t know what we have to do as far as coming together as a group,” Anthony said. “I don’t know if we’ve got to sit here for hours and talk and get it all out, but we’ve got to do something.”

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Bernucca: Is LeBron Better than Jordan? Read This Before Answering

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Remember that streak of games hot-shooting LeBron James put together last February?LeBron James

Well, he’s doing it again. Much earlier in the season. And for a longer stretch.

And if he keeps it up, it will become historic. Because since the ABA-NBA merger, no wing player or point guard has scored this much while shooting this well. Not Dr. J. Not even Michael Jordan.

Yes, really.

Through the first month of the season, James is third in the league in scoring at 26.2 points per game and second in field-goal percentage at .598.

“I’m in a very, very comfortable position right now with my game,” James said.

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SH Blog: Redick out six to eight weeks; Cavs to move Bennett to SF?

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Greivis VasquezEarlier tonight, I managed to catch a good deal of the Warriors-Kings game. It was a tough one to pick a rooting interest in: the Warriors have been “my team” since my family left Toronto in 1999 (for Baltimore, and I’m not going to root for a team from DC), but Greivis Vasquez is my favorite basketball player by a pretty wide distance, and I’ve grown accustomed to always rooting for Greivis’ team. Also, their new coach has a great last name.

I settled on “Greivis has a great game, but the Warriors win,” which turned out to be half right. Greivis got just 14 minutes and scored six points with three assists on 2-8 shooting, but the Warriors picked up a win behind 36 from Steph Curry.

Bernucca: Title contention a bridge too far for troubled Knicks, Nets

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brooklyn bridgeThe Brooklyn Bridge is one of the great landmarks of our country.

And right now, it connects the home boroughs of perhaps the NBA’s two most disappointing teams this season.

Remember all the back-and-forth this summer between members of the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets? Jason Kidd retired from the Knicks to coach the Nets. Raymond Felton questioned his Knicks being ranked below the Nets. Paul Pierce said it was time for the Nets to start running the city. J.R. Smith called Pierce “bitter” about having to leave Boston.

All fun stuff to help fuel a rivalry that already had a pretty good fire raging over which was the best team in New York.

Now? Given the way the Knicks and Nets have started the season, the best team in New York might be the Gauchos.

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SH Blog: Melo hints he’ll go to Lakers or stay with Knicks; Jazz extend Favors

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At this point, the novelty of preseason games have worn off, at least for me. It’s time to focus on the upcoming season. Which starts in 10 days, in case you forgot.

With that in mind, Tommy Dee looked at who’s doing well in the preseason for Sheridan Hoops. A lot of 2012 draft picks, and a few big men who could mean a lot for their teams. Speaking of which, does anyone think the Pistons will do well this season? I keep seeing people suggest that it’s a majority opinion that they will improve, but it seems like that’s just a consensus “well, they have Josh Smith now…”.

I don’t know how much people have actually thought about the Pistons. To be fair, the last few playoff teams in the East are basically irrelevant. They could be the Cavs, Wizards and Pistons, all of whom have seemingly been awful forever, and nobody (apart from those teams’ fans, obviously) would really care because they’d probably get squashed by the Heat, Pacers and whichever of the Nets, Bulls and Knicks ends up finishing third.

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