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Carmelo Anthony sings 'Bump & Grind', is now a true vocal leader

The Knicks' star forward don't see nothing wrong with a little bump and grind.

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What makes a leader? Is the quality summed up merely by inspirational words, or in the immeasurable impact of one's actions?

Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks' best and highest paid player, made some headlines a few days ago when he said he wouldn't change his soft-spoken style of leadership: My personal favorite, from googling "Carmelo Anthony vocal leader" was Carmelo Anthony, le leadership discret.

But there are signs that Melo might be coming out of his shell and assuming a more vocal leadership role on this team. Observe him as he utilizes a rousing speech to motivate rookie Kristaps Porzingis:

Perhaps the bus is a metaphor for selfless team play; more likely, it's an actual bus.

When one's own words fail to inspire, a true vocal leader often reaches back into history, to the great masters of rhetoric, for the perfect message:

Here's an audio clip from Herring.

The first two lines of Bump & Grind are masterful description of an athlete overcoming mental concerns and willing his body to play on...

My mind's telling me no

But my body, my body's telling me yes

Don't listen to your mind; your body can do this. That's some Knute Rockne stuff, right there.

If Melo keeps this up, the Knicks are definitely going to the playoffs.