Carmelo Anthony held and Q-and-A session with kids that attended his annual camp on Saturday. He addressed everything from his future with the Knicks to his chances to win a title. ESPN NY’s Ian Begley has the scoop:
“My window is closing, and I’m trying to bring a championship to New York ASAP,” Anthony said at his annual camp Saturday, during a Q-and-A session with kids.
Since coming to the Big Apple in a blockbuster trade in 2011, Anthony has led the Knicks to three straight playoff appearances, reaching the second round once. Anthony has advanced past the first round just twice in his career.
There are some question marks surrounding Anthony’s future in New York. His contract allows him to opt out of the final year of his deal next summer and test free agency.
Anthony said Saturday that he was focused on the upcoming season and declined to discuss his opt-out in detail.
“I haven’t even, to be honest with you, thought about anything past today. My mind is not even thinking about … next offseason right now,” Anthony said. “I’m just trying to do what I do this offseason to get right — work out, train and prepare myself for this season.
“When that time comes, I’ll deal with that,” he said of next summer. “That’s not something I’m thinking about right now.”
Also, he said he was in better shape than he was during the Olympics last year and that the shoulder injury he suffered late last season is no longer a problem, despite not having surgery. Anthony also mentioned that the Andrea Bargnani deal was ‘a steal.’
Amit BadlaniThe Carmelo Anthony free agency rumors are going to be swirling around all year, so you may as well get used to it now. Sure, an assurance that he would stay with the Knicks would be nice. It will depend on how happy Melo is at the end of the year and the team’s year end result.
As for his health, it’s important that he keeps that up considering how banged up he was last season. He missed 15 games last season, most of which you could attribute to him playing up to the power forward position. And of course, greater physical fitness brings a better chance of improvement on both ends of the floor.
Harris DeckerFor me this is simply contract banter. Carmelo Anthony came to New York to win and while he is correct in saying that the window is closing, he’s going to remain in New York for the forceable future. He can’t tell people he’ll definitely be back because that hurts him in negotiating a new contract. The point is, the Knicks can pay him the most money and few players walk away from a paycheck like that.