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Carmelo Anthony Says He's Playing Harder Now

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Not often does an NBA star admit to working less than his hardest, but Carmelo Anthony hinted to Newsday that his effort earlier this season left room for improvement.

Anthony, who took plenty of blame for New York's failure to mesh but nonetheless outlasted Mike D'Antoni in the Big Apple, said he has been trying to put forth a greater focus since Mike Woodson took over as the team's head coach.

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"I think in the last three games, my focus was to have an energy that I haven't had so far this season, especially on the defensive end," he said. "Everybody on this team knows, everybody in the world knows I can score the basketball. It's not that important to me."

Trying harder is terrific. Needing a coaching change to put forth effort that should be expected of every player -- especially superstars -- is not quite so terrific.

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