Carmelo Anthony: Knicks aren’t that far away from championship

Sam Spiegelman

Deciding between New York and Chicago, Carmelo Anthony didn’t believe either team was too far away from competing for an NBA championship.

Anthony told ESPN New York the deciding factor in free agency was his faith that Knicks president Phil Jackson would church out a championship contender.

“I want to win. I don’t care about the money,” Anthony told ESPN.com. “I believe Phil will do what he has to do to take care of that. I don’t think we’re that far away. People use ‘rebuilding’ too loosely.

“I was flip-flopping,” he said. “It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A., it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago — and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That’s a situation where I could have walked in now to an opportunity to compete for the next however many years.”

In the Eastern Conference, the Knicks must deal with a LeBron James-led Cavaliers squad, a defending conference champion in the Heat which returns two of its big three, as well as the Pacers, which last year earned the No. 1 seed in the East. In addition, there’s a Bulls squad which should have a healthy Derrick Rose, a Bobcats team that added Lance Stephenson and Toronto, which re-signed its best player, Kyle Lowry.

The Knicks have a first-year coach and a first-time team president. This offseason, it traded away Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler, and brought in Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert and Shane Larkin. Returning is Tim Hardaway Jr., Amare’ Stoudemire, J.R. Smith and Andrea Bargnani.




306 comments
iamwilpon
iamwilpon

Carmelo Anthony: "Knicks aren't that far away from championship"

Actually, Carmelo is right - it's less than a 500 mile drive from NY to Cleveland.

Fred Owens
Fred Owens

Knicks all day. F* k Rondo & Paul Gasoline. We do what we do.

dylan
dylan

The only way the Knicks can get Love in a trade is if he forces his way there, like Melo did a few years ago. The advantage we do have though is the ability to make him a make offer next year. Hypothetically speaking, if Love tells Minny he will only sign an extension with the Knicks, I'm sure they would prefer Hardaway, Shump, and picks to losing him for nothing. Doubt it happens though. 

rgm891
rgm891

At least Phil is looking to make a big move. Lets contend baby!! 

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

If the Knicks ever do win once in my lifetime, the reaction from the media will be priceless

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Check out some of the media response to Knicks offer, what other NBA team gets this type of criticism

Mavs offer two biscuits, used gift certificate to Applebee's and an opened bag of Funyuns. Wolves answer: "Well, it's better than NYs offer"

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk about 1 hour ago

Report: Knicks made (ridiculous) offer to trade for Kevin Love dlvr.it/6Qt02T

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Say what you want about Melo and Love, it's always better than Melo and STAT/Bargnani.

jax13
jax13

Melo forced his way to just one team.....love is giving the wolves options on where he will go.

greekfreak
greekfreak

Melo was shredded day in and day out for "forcing" a trade... But Kevin Love is an angel and a mix of Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, according to the media and some bozos... SMH

jax13
jax13

If you were an nba team n you could start your franchise up with love or melo, who would you take?

KnowLedge
KnowLedge

Next Report will be the Nets offered So and So


Got to love the Media, i could do that job for Free

zebeto
zebeto

maybe this Knicks offer was just a way of phil telling Love that the Knicks were also interested in him (since love said he would like to play in NY) ....playful flirtation .

dylan
dylan

@Seth Nadler Timmy is going to make the media eat their words. I really think he has the potential to be one of the best SG's in the league.

jax13
jax13

Loved Funyuns......make sure to get your sources correct and don't put your own opinion up ...

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

I guess this is what the media thinks of THJR

Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

@greekfreak ... he's none of those... what! Bird and McHale were great Minds guided by the greatest Mind of all. Love is well... a Gladiator.

zebeto
zebeto

@Sandro Guedes  ....Melo would have to stay a permanent SF with Love on the same team ...let Love work inside, melo stays midrange and around the arc .

1harris1
1harris1

@jax13  Melo is clearly the better ball player.  The only reason you'd consider K Love is that he's four years younger than Melo.  So if you're just starting up an NBA team, you'll probably need  a few years to get it to contender status.  The age difference might be important there.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Phil has a reason for everything, however I'm not sure why the leak?

dylan
dylan

@Mel Brown @dylan We could flip Hardaway, Larkin, or Shump for picks if we are really desperate. Or we could trade an expiring contract and take on a bad contract in order to obtain more assets. I doubt we want Love that badly though. 

jax13
jax13

Actually you can on a blog that we are all talking about what is being reported out there......

jax13
jax13

Am I wrong in saying this?

jax13
jax13

No link, the wolves are fielding offers from a few teams n love seems to be open to going to a variety of different teams.

Melo made it be known he wanted the knicks. Nets got involved if nuggets could not get a deal with knicks

greekfreak
greekfreak

@iknowall. Exactly.. The media are a bunch of morons!

KnowLedge
KnowLedge

@zebeto MelO only played Power under Woody/Danni boy, won't happen under Phil/Fisher

KnowLedge
KnowLedge

@stillmatic Lets say it's true, of course u have to Low ball and see if they call your Bluff then u throw in others

jax13
jax13

I agree. I am not so big on love, he is good n has had some crazy good games against us but I don't know if he is a max guy. I definitely don't think he warrants the attention he is getting

KnowLedge
KnowLedge

@Seth Nadler The Fabrication is to make the cavs think they have competition 

1harris1
1harris1

@Seth Nadler  Listen, in times like this we need to go to the ultimate source of information:  What does Robert Randolph have to say about all of this?

zebeto
zebeto

@Seth Nadler  Zen Master ..subliminal message !  .........." we want you too Kevin ! "  lol

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@iknowall @Knicks_Fanatic 

You are apparently confused about the difference between who actually called to make the offer and  the organizational structure and chain of command that approved the decision.

BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

@knickfan2 Highly doubt it if there is no correspondence of an extension. As it stands, Boston is in rebuild mode and Love expressed interest in signing with a legit playoff team which Boston is far from.

zebeto
zebeto

@Sandro Guedes @zebeto ..with Melos,Calderon and Timmy( hopefully) and JR ..all really good shooter ! ...i would tell LOVE to basicly BEAST MODE inside ! rebounds and putback ! .........no real need for more outside shooting.

KnowLedge
KnowLedge

@Sandro Guedes Love is a good 3pt shooter but he works inside more

dylan
dylan

@Mel Brown @dylan Exactly. It would probably have to be a 3-way trade though. I'm not buying the whole Knicks have no assets BS. Thats what everybody said before we traded for Melo. It wasn't until after the trade that the media starting saying we gave up too much lol. 

jax13
jax13

No link, just observing the actions and results of melo n love n what is being floated out there. I will make sure to quote all sources in future.

1harris1
1harris1

@zebeto @1harris1 @Seth Nadler  Ha!  He did say that a trade has already been made, but we have to "wait 30" to find out what it is (presumably by "30" he's talking in terms of days).  Maybe that's the reason for the seeming lull in the K. Love talks.  He's already Knicks property!

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@iknowall @Knicks_Fanatic 

Well, it obviously matters more to you than it does to me. If someone is going to make a proposal that tarnishes the Knicks organization, it would be preferable to not have the man on top subject to that ridicule. Look at it this way. If a Knick is going to get in some type of trouble, I would hope it would not be Melo. If one of the Knicks coaching staff was in some type of trouble, I would hope it would not be Fisher.

zebeto
zebeto

@Sandro Guedes @zebeto and hes a much better rebounder than Melo too .....i think we have enough shooters ...think LOVE would be majorly beneficial down low .

KnowLedge
KnowLedge

@Sandro Guedes Love post game is good not great MelO might be a lil Better but u would have to Use em like that and Have love Break Allen's record or is the record held by Curry now

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Mel Brown @Knicks_Fanatic @iknowall 

Tarnished-make or become less valuable or respected.

Phil Jackson is aged, but he’s not yet delusional.

He knew that New York had little chance of appealing to the Timberwolves here, and nothing would make the Knicks more immediately ready to build some semblance of a decent team than to unload the uninsurable final year of Stoudemire’s deal in trade; getting an All-Star back in exchange for doing so is so far beyond the realm of possibility that Jackson likely couldn’t get through pitching such a proposal with a straight face.

http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/25/report-knicks-made-ridiculous-offer-to-trade-for-kevin-love/

zebeto
zebeto

@Sandro Guedes @zebeto i know what your saying ...and its TRUE ....  but ,since they are both really similar , they have to sort of play in diff parts of the court ,particulalrly on Offense , so as to not butt heads.


...and i dont think LOVE would be offended in Fish asked him to not shoot as many 3\s and concentrate on helping down low (major knicks need)