There's been so much talk about how Carmelo Anthony being more of a leader and having a better attitude than ever. Should we really believe the 12 year veteran is a different man? 

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“He’s really showing some leadership in preseason," said Marc Berman of the New York Post. "There were rumblings over the offseason and after the draft and during free agency that he wasn’t happy with Phil Jackson’s additions. But he hasn’t showed it. I respect that. I think he’s been ultra positive.

"In the past, when things have gone bad, he’s been a little mopey in the locker room and said some really strong stuff about how depressed he is and blah blah blah.

"He’s really trying to be optimistic. He’s trying to embrace Phil Jackson and the plan and he still believes in it. In mid-December, if they’re well below .500 and already out of the playoff race, the tone has to change, I’d be surprised if it doesn’t.”

Anthony should get some credit for a positive off-season. He should get even more credit if he keeps it going by Christmas.

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