NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fresh off signing a five-year, $125 million deal in July, Carmelo Anthony is determined to get the Knicks back to the playoffs.
But the seven-time NBA All-Star, who appears to have slimmed down this offseason, is realistic about the Knicks’ championship hopes this upcoming season.
“I don’t expect to win a championship this year,” Anthony told Spanish-language newspaper Primera Hora, according to the New York Daily News.
It will most likely be a transition year for the ‘Bockers. A new coach is in place in Derek Fisher, and veterans Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler are gone. Knicks President Phil Jackson made some deals but didn’t bring any big names to The Big Apple.
“That is something that takes time, and everything has to be in sync, from the front office to the players,” Anthony told Primerahora.com. “We have a lot of work to do, but that is something that motivates me. I know we can start creating the basis for what we want to accomplish eventually. And this is a great start for the process.”
Some of the intriguing pieces that Jackson brought in are point guard Jose Calderon, center Samuel Dalembert and 2013 first-round pick Shane Larkin.
Anthony likes what he’s seen from the front office.
“I think we made very subtle moves but also moves that I think can impact the team,” Anthony told the newspaper. “I thought our front office did a great job of really trying to put the team together, not as far as going to get big names, but trying to get pieces that fit into the system that they are going to be incorporating. I was very excited about the moves that they made and the players that they have on the team.”
New York missed the playoffs by a game last season, finishing with a disappointing 37-45 record.
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