Carmelo Anthony wants nothing more than to make a playoff run with the Knicks this season, after having to watch from the sidelines last season.
Anthony said this week that while fans might be hard pressed to expect a championship this season, he believes the Knicks are “absolutely” a playoff team (Daily News, August 18).
The Knicks All-Star cited the empty non-playoff feeling as his motivation to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“I’m not the type of guy that becomes bitter but at the same time I know what I went through last year from an emotional standpoint and I don’t want to feel that again,” Anthony said Thursday at Barclays Center during a charity basketball game to support of CC Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation and Robinson Cano’s RC22 Foundation (Daily News, August 21).
Though Anthony is wary of claiming how many games the Knicks will pull for the win column, he is feeling good about the upcoming season.
“We will have a much better season than we did last year,” Anthony said. “As far as putting a number on the games we want to win, it’s hard to say right now. But as far as us feeling good about this upcoming season, the way we feel I’m confident in what we’re about to create. I believe we will be in the postseason.”
As far as his close call of whether or not he would return to the Knicks, Anthony doesn’t really like to talk about the whole ordeal.
“As far as me staying here, a lot went into that decision. At the end of the day, I did have to believe in Phil, I did have to believe in my teammates. So that’s all that matters,” Anthony said. “It was close, it was close. I don’t even like to talk about that.”
Now that all of the dramatics have died down for the star player, he’s just looking to make improvements with the team he calls home.
“This is home. There is no place like New York,” said Anthony. “Although the other situations were very intriguing, there is no place like New York.”