Anthony insisted that was "a good thing," adding that it's proof Jackson still believes in him. The Knicks would have lost him for nothing, but Jackson did in fact have an opportunity to let Anthony go last offseason. He didn't. That would have allowed New York to truly start fresh, but Jackson and co. appear to have faith in the forward as the centerpiece for what comes next.
Returning from a knee injury following a dismal 17-win season, Anthony is expected to step up as more of a leader in hopes of helping the Knicks change their fortunes. Just don't expect to hear him shout or see him get too animated on the court.
"I'll lead in my own way. For me to say that I'll be more vocal, I'll speak up from time to time, but that simply isn't who I am," Anthony said on Monday. "That's not my personality. If you saw that on the court, you'd think, 'oh, Melo is bugging out. What is he doing?'"
Although Anthony insisted him stepping up as a leader isn't a popular narrative in the media, he's still there. "You guys don't see it," he said, adding that he isn't someone to be "very outgoing, yelling and screaming, and getting on teammates."
For the Knicks, success needs to come in the form of evident progress this season, regardless of what comes out of Anthony's mouth. Winning more games compared to last season speaks much louder than words.
Further discussing his leadership style, Anthony lamented that he's a more rational thinker, rather than airing out his or the team's dirty laundry.
"Will I talk to [his teammates] on the side and figure things out in my own way? Yeah, I'll do that," he said.
Perhaps Arron Afflalo's arrival in New York should be somewhat proof that Anthony's leadership style works for some. The two have been good friends dating back to their days together on the Nuggets.
"Melo's been great," Afflalo said on Monday. "He's been highly influential in my career as a teammate. Very influential in me coming here."