Carmelo Anthony is back. The power forward is back to New York Knicks’ training camp after his surgery to repair a patella injury in his left knee. He has been cleared of all medical restrictions before the upcoming training sessions at the United States Military Academy at West Point, starting this Tuesday.
Excited about his comeback, Anthony feels upbeat about New York Knicks’ chances this season, acknowledging the fact that the team didn’t land the stars it coveted. The ESPN quoted him saying, “I liked the moves that we made. Was it the stars that we wanted to go after and go get? No. But the pieces that we got, I’m really intrigued at what we did and where we can go with this team”.
New York Knicks failed to bring any top-tier free agents in the offseason and instead signing Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Kevin Seraphin and Kyle O’Quinn, among others.
Hiring Phil Jackson as the Knicks’ president, he looks to revamp the side, signing man Kristaps Porzingis and point guard Jerian Grant via the NBA draft. Taking matter into his own hands, Jackson has dawned the role of coach it seems, after Derek Fisher’s not so great show as a rookie coach.
According to the New York Post, Fisher’s job does not appear in any jeopardy but Fisher said, “Whether or not I keep the job or don’t keep the job, it has to be done in a way that I see fit. You can’t coach a team based on what everybody else thinks you should be doing.’’
Jackson is yet to determine the team’s centre positions and feels that defending is what it all comes down to. Jackson will look to form a triangle and install key players to support Anthony. The most intriguing new comer, Jackson feels, is Derrick Williams who has “the speed and activity to play with or for Carmelo in any situation.’’
Though Anthony has to remain cautious about his injury, he seems positive about his arrival following a “long” offseason playing a career-low 40 games before undergoing surgery shortly after the All Star Game. He is hopeful about Knicks’ chances and says, “I’m back. I’m there, I’m back. I feel like myself again. Mentally, physically I feel great. So I’m just ready to go.”