Carmelo Anthony is confident of his team’s chances of getting a playoffs spot for the 2016-2017 NBA Season which begins later this year. The New York Knicks have been involved in a lot of NBA rumors but their roster appears to be set for the new season.
The Knicks superstar said he likes the team’s roster so far and is impressed with the N.Y. front office moves this summer.
“Melo” wasn’t shy in stating that they have a “special team” after the offseason moves that got the team the likes of Derrick Rose (in a trade with the Chicago Bulls) and Joakim Noah (via free agency).
“We have a very special team on paper right now. I think we have a good opportunity to do some things this year. It’s all about what we do. It’s all about us now. It’s all about how we come together, how we jell together. For the most part, the pieces are there, so it’s up to us,” Anthony said to NewsDay.com.
The Knicks also acquired guards Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings in the free agency market and the pair can help Anthony in the scoring department. Anthony was involved in many NBA rumors in the past but his no-trade clause in his contract allowed him to stay with the Knicks.
Anthony is glad that team president Phil Jackson is not wasting any more of his prime by making “win-now” moves this summer. The Knicks star appreciated the management’s effort to form a team that can contend in the Eastern Conference in the new season.
“I think the time is now for us, for the Knicks. I think the time is now for the city, the fans. I think the time is now,” Anthony added in the same article.
“Everybody’s been tired of waiting and waiting and waiting. Now is a time when we can go out there and put a competitive team out there and play. For me, the time is now. For us as a city, as an organization, that should be the mindset — the time is now.”
Despite the failure of the past seasons, Carmelo Anthony is still considered one of the best scorers in the league. With Rose, Noah, Lee, Jennings and young sensation Kristaps Porzingis, the New York Knicks are one of the contenders in the Eastern Conference.
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