Knicks' Kemba Walker discusses early season struggles: 'I would like to put a lot of onus on myself'

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Kemba Walker solo white jersey
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Kemba Walker has scored a combined 19 points over the Knicks' last four games, as the team has gone 2-2 in those contests. The 11-year veteran spoke on Thursday at practice and critiqued his recent play.

"I think we can, I would like to put a lot of onus on myself to be honest," Walker told reporters. "I think I can help my teammates be better to start the games. I think I could use my voice a little bit more, and I don't think I'm energetic enough. And that needs to be my role, I need to get my guys going. So I would definitely take some onus on that aspect."

Walker played only 18 minutes in Wednesday night's 112-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden, and went just 1-of-7 from the field.

He was asked if being on a new team could be the reasoning for his slow start to the season, and said he needs to be more energetic on the court.

"It can be, it can be, but you got to do it, I got to do it," Walker said. "I think I can be a lot more energetic. That's who I am, that's who I haven't been. I think that can change."

He added that he could play more aggressive, but again mentioned adjusting to a new role and team as bigger factors to his uncharacteristic performances.

"I think I can be a lot more aggressive for sure," Walker said. "But like I said, it's new and I'm still trying to find my way. I've had good games, and I've had not so good games, obviously. That's just because at times, I'm still trying to figure things out. I'm in a whole new situation, I'm in a whole new role, but it'll come. I'm not really worried too much about myself, I know I'm gonna figure it out at some point."

Walker was asked if head coach Tom Thibodeau has said anything to him about his recent struggles and what he can do to improve.

"Nah I don't think he has to say much, I think I know at this point that I can be a little bit more aggressive," Walker said. "There's really not much that he can really say, it's really on me."

The Knicks came back from 24 points down to make it a game against the Bucks, but Milwaukee was on fire from three-point range. They made 26-of-50 three-point attempts (52 percent), as seven players made at least two shots from deep. Pat Connaughton led the Bucks with seven made threes and Grayson Allen had five three-pointers of his own.

Walker said that the Knicks are focused on help defense and that they are going to continue playing that way.

"We're a help team, that's what we do," Walker said. "We're out there helping each other out as best as we can. That's what we preach and that's what we're going to continue to do."