NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Carmelo Anthony may not feel confident that the Knicks will win a championship this season, but he certainly believes that his team will return to the playoffs.
“Yeah, I think so for sure,” Anthony told the New York Post on Monday in regard to the postseason. “Absolutely.”
After going 54-28 and winning the Atlantic Division in 2012-13 — and then losing in the conference semifinals to the Pacers — New York won just 37 games last season and missed the playoffs.
The Knicks will have a new look in 2014-15. Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher are running the show, and veterans Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler are gone.
Anthony, who has slimmed down in the offseason, is focused on being more of a leader as he enters his 12th year in the NBA.
“I can’t wait to get started,” the seven-time All-Star said, according to the newspaper. “No goals. Not setting any goals, but I just can’t wait to get it back on.”
The 30-year-old superstar opted out of his contract after the season and subsequently signed a five-year, $124 million deal to stay in New York.
“I really don’t know how much I lost, I just know I trimmed down,” the dynamic scorer said in regard to his new look. “I really didn’t do nothing special, just working hard. That’s it.”
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