Re: what made carmelo want to get serious?
the correct answers are:
(1) health - last season he had two major injuries to his wrist and groin, causing his jumpshot to leave him completely half the season and resulting in his worst field goal percentage for a season since his rookie season
(2) the Olympics kept him motivated and in shape this offseason
(3) and mainly, Woodson changed the entire identity of the Knicks to an effective gritty passionate defensive unit. Melos played MVP level two way (offense and defense) basketball since the coaching change (if you recall Melo was player of the month last April)