The New York Knicks has made some pretty good moves this offseason that gives them a chance to become a top contender in the Eastern Conference. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Knicks’ “win-now” attitude was influenced by superstar forward Carmelo Anthony.
Knicks president Phil Jackson said in a recent interview with ESPN that his conversation with Anthony at the end of the regular season started the whole “win-now” approach. He mentioned that Melo wanted to have a point guard and Jackson quickly pulled the trigger on the Derrick Rose trade.
“One of my questions to Carmelo was, you know, we haven’t made the playoffs and now this is three years, two years, since I’ve been here — are we moving quickly enough for you and your anticipation of trying to be into a competitive playoff situation?” Jackson said, via the New York Daily News.
“I think that was our conversation and established the fact of his desire, the idea that he is getting into an age where things have to happen for him. So we decided to activate ourselves,” he added.
Besides Rose, The Zen Master has also brought in Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, Brandon Jennings and a couple of international players to join Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. The Knicks are not title contenders just yet, with the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers and the reloaded Golden State Warriors as the favorites.
Nonetheless, Anthony has taken the responsibility to “win-now” with the Knicks as his career will be going past his prime. He is still one of the top players in the NBA and the players around him are considerably better in previous years.
According to James Polazzon of Sir Charles In Charge, the Knicks will surely make the playoffs if Rose, Noah and Anthony stay healthy. Even if they get injured and this whole “win-now” attitude fails next season, New York still has Kristaps Porzingis to develop and build around.
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