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07:20 AM ET 10.21 | For his part, Carmelo Anthony says he was more vocal in 2012-13, too, but many are taking notice in 2013-14. Shortly before training camp, [Anthony] stood in front of his teammates and delivered a message. "He expressed what he expected from us, and how he sacrificed his whole summer to work hard and lose weight and be in the best shape he's been in," J.R. Smith said. "He expects us to do the same thing." That speech was an early instance of what teammates and coaches say is an expanded leadership role for Anthony this season. With elder statesman like Jason Kidd, Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas no longer around, Mike Woodson has leaned on Anthony and other veterans to fill the leadership void. So far, Anthony has answered the call, according to Woodson.

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October 21, 2013  07:33 AM ET

This is a good sign. Melo gets it and knows what he needs to do. Hopefully he will continue this for the duration of the year and he will commit himself fully to the defensive side of the ball. He needs to set the tone for the team there, as well.

October 21, 2013  07:35 AM ET

I have this sudden urge for Honey Nut Cheerios...........

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October 21, 2013  08:44 AM ET

Way to be a leader! First you tell them that you might not be here next year and than chose to speak now. A leader shouldn't say that he would be a free agent next summer. You should kep your mouth shut and followed through w/ what you said that you weren't going to talk about free agency...

October 21, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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Sure, it all sounds good.....But it took him 10 seasons to finally 'get' it?He finally realized he needed to get in shape & work hard?Talk is cheap.Let me see more d, more assists, more boards, less shotsThen I'll believe

At this point Melo doesn't have to prove anything to anyone. He's had a great career already. What we need from him is to take it slow in the regular season; take care of his body, avoid injury and be in prime shape and mind for the playoffs.

October 21, 2013  08:53 AM ET

"he sacrificed his whole summer to work hard and lose weight and be in the best shape he's been in," J.R. Smith said. "He expects us to do the same thing."...

I wonder if this speech would have worked on Eddie Curry.

October 21, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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Way to be a leader! First you tell them that you might not be here next year and than chose to speak now. A leader shouldn't say that he would be a free agent next summer. You should kep your mouth shut and followed through w/ what you said that you weren't going to talk about free agency...

I do agree with you. Melo's stance is toxic for a team that has potential to make all the way and also the potential to discombobulate. If anything I know you can't succeed with one foot outside the door.

If I'm Dolan I will take his trash talk of wanting to test the waters as an insult and trade him for whatever I can go rather than risk losing him for nothing. I know it's not the smartest thing to do but remember I said If I'm Dolan...

October 21, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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"he sacrificed his whole summer to work hard and lose weight and be in the best shape he's been in," J.R. Smith said. "He expects us to do the same thing."... I wonder if this speech would have worked on Eddie Curry.

I'm still traumatized by that name. Way to ruin my week. Now I gotta call my shrink and report you for cybe bullying. Now you can make all this better by sending me grill cheese and a pass to Delonte's pub.

October 21, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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"he sacrificed his whole summer to work hard and lose weight and be in the best shape he's been in," J.R. Smith said. "He expects us to do the same thing."... I wonder if this speech would have worked on Eddie Curry.

As long as he gave Curry a cash incentive it would, since that fool is broke.

October 21, 2013  10:02 AM ET

Lead By Example, Bro.

October 21, 2013  10:07 AM ET

"He expressed what he expected from us, and how he sacrificed his whole summer to work hard and lose weight and be in the best shape he's been in,"

He gets paid 20+million and he finally realised he needs to be in tip top shape? This should be the standard not some ah hah moment. That said he first started to get real about defense and effort as of last year.

October 21, 2013  10:08 AM ET
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Sure, it all sounds good.....But it took him 10 seasons to finally 'get' it?He finally realized he needed to get in shape & work hard?Talk is cheap.Let me see more d, more assists, more boards, less shotsThen I'll believe

Exactly.........hey guys, I finally went "all in" this year.......so you guys had better too.

If I was on team last year and played my arse off, I would be like wtf?????? Really bro?????????

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October 21, 2013  10:43 AM ET
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At this point Melo doesn't have to prove anything to anyone. He's had a great career already. What we need from him is to take it slow in the regular season; take care of his body, avoid injury and be in prime shape and mind for the playoffs.

At this level, it's about how you challenge yourself and put yourself against the other great like MJ, Kobe, LBJ, and see how you fare. It is about proving to himself that he can lead a team to the finals or beyond. It's called having a drive.

Maybe 'Melo doesn't.

October 21, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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At this point Melo doesn't have to prove anything to anyone. He's had a great career already. What we need from him is to take it slow in the regular season; take care of his body, avoid injury and be in prime shape and mind for the playoffs.

With LBJ and Wade already having rings, Melo does have something he has to prove. That is a good thing if winning it all is more important then his stats.

October 21, 2013  11:11 AM ET
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With LBJ and Wade already having rings, Melo does have something he has to prove. That is a good thing if winning it all is more important then his stats.

Even Bosh have more rings.

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