(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer This is how the New York Knicks used to play, before the franchise tumbled into mediocrity and misery.
The superstar wants to be more than just a scorer. The role players are committed to being good defenders and better teammates. The old guys play the game with an old-school mentality. The coach holds everyone accountable for stopping his man, no matter who he is.
Yes, these Knicks are doing everything it takes to be a contender.
Coach Mike Woodson says the Knicks are ''playing for something.'' They're doing it with hard-nosed defense and unselfish play, which was once a winning formula in New York but one the Knicks got away from during their dismal decade.
The Knicks are 7-1, their best start since winning their first seven games in 1993-94.