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When the preseason starts in four days, we’ll see how much head coach Derek Fisher is getting through to his team.
Only in the NBA and NYC would a one-dimensional player on a perennial loser assert his place atop the totem pole of basketball stardom.
“I think I’m the most underrated superstar that’s out there, but that doesn’t matter to me,” Anthony said.
Boomer and Craig discussed the Knicks forward’s claim, and at the same time tried to figure out exactly what an ‘underrated superstar’ could be…
The rookie coach ran his first practice Tuesday morning, a 2 1/2-hour workout that was heavy on defense and teamwork, which were both missing far too often last season.
When it came time to decide who he wanted to be with, Anthony passed on those partnerships and chose Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher. He believes they will fix the Knicks and wants to be a part of it.
“We believe we’re going to be a playoff team,” Jackson said Friday, “and then we don’t know how far we’ll be able to go, but we’re hoping for the best.”
Did LeBron James return to Cleveland because he was inspired by Carmelo Anthony? That’s what Anthony thinks. And if you are confused by that, the Knicks’ star says there’s a simple explanation.
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.
“That is something that takes time, and everything has to be in sync, from the front office to the players,” Anthony said.
As far as professional sports is concerned, New York is the biggest stage in the country and arguably on the planet. Stars tend to want to play here, even despite the pressure that comes with the territory.
Anthony doesn’t have many years left in his prime. It’s the summer of 2015 or bust. Unfortunately for the Knicks, their options next offseason are somewhat limited.
They should still be happy that their star is back and that the Knicks will be very competitive for the next four to five years, but it is going to be very hard to get to a championship level during that same time frame.
The details of Carmelo Anthony’s new contract with the Knicks are no longer a mystery. And it looks like he made out pretty well for himself.