Tyson Chandler says Carmelo Anthony is super focused

He entered the league the same year as LeBron, who has been to the NBA Finals three times and won his first title last June. Anthony has advanced past the first round just once and is 1-8 in the playoffs with the Knicks. If that record isn’t enough to get Anthony to change his approach and keep him motivated nothing will.

“I think he’s very motivated right now,” says Tyson Chandler. “I’ve only been with him for two years but this is the most motivated I’ve seen him. He’s doing an excellent job, not only what you guys saw on display (Friday) night, but in practice, in film and walk throughs. He’s changed. He’s getting in early, putting up shots from everywhere, pulling guys to the side to give them advice. He’s being a great teammate. He wants to win. I think the summer experience helped him.”

Chandler and Anthony were Olympic teammates in London as the United States cruised to a gold medal. All around him, Anthony was surrounded by NBA champs – LeBron, Chandler, Kobe Bryant – as well as a young cast of teammates – Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden - who have already reached the NBA Finals.

– Reported by Frank Isola of the New York Daily News