Amar'e wants to embrace New York but first he must squeeze out the losing culture at MSG. His response to last night's debacle against the Rockets was filled with frustration, but fortunately not resignation. He blamed himself for the Minnesota beat down, but this time he would not protect his teammates from ridicule. Instead he led the charge before his private meeting with D'Antoni:
"I don't understand why we're not playing with the urgency. I'm not used to that. We're not playing like we're on a four-game losing streak, now five. It almost seems as if it doesn't matter."
"It's a foreign land for me right now."
"I can't keep saying the same things, that we have to step it up. I keep saying it and we're having no reaction. I'm one of the leaders and trying to instill a sense of urgency we have to play with. We didn't win four games in a row. We lost four games in a row. We're not playing like we want it. We're not digging out loose balls, diving on the floor.""I'm talking to them constantly. Maybe I'm talking too much. I'm not accustomed to it. We have to do a much better job out there. It's not fun. I know we are a young team, but we can't keep doing the exact same thing."
"It is more attitude and more heart, we have to show more heart and go after it."