Carmelo Anthony: 3 Reasons Defense Needs To Be His Primary Focus This Summer

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Carmelo Anthony: 3 Reasons Defense Needs To Be His Primary Focus This Summer

With Donnie Walsh no longer in control of the New York Knicks basketball operations, coupled with an undecided collective bargaining agreement and salary cap, the Knicks must look within themselves to figure out ways to improve as a team.

The most obvious ways that stand out right away are improving the defensive mentalities of Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. Both of the aforementioned players are juggernauts on the offensive end, but unfortunately, their efforts on the defensive end are most times lackluster to say the least.

Since the Knicks are looking to preserve cap space for the highly acclaimed free-agency class of 2012, the Knicks may not be able to acquire much help this offseason with them being committed to Carmelo and Amar'e's lucrative contracts for the long term.

If the Knicks want to make it further into the playoffs next time around, their superstars will have to hold themselves accountable and improve defensively. If they are both able to make progress in this area, it will take pressure off their teammates and help diminish the Knicks' need for a third superstar.

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