Carmelo Anthony initiated a players-only meeting after the New York Knicks' loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday, saying the team must elevate its effort and "want it more."

“We shut the door after the game, talked it out a little bit,’’ Anthony said. “Try to figure out what was happening and going on. We just weren’t competing the way we know how to compete. We weren’t playing the way we know how to play. Hopefully the conversation we had after the game made everyone else realize, though it is early, there are things we need to fix and fix now.’’

The Knicks are turning the ball over 16.5 times per game.

“[It was] just players,’’ Anthony said of the meeting. “It doesn’t really have anything to do with the coaches. It’s us out there playing. I felt we needed to sit down and talk and get that out of the way.’’