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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has backed coach Derek Fisher and has insisted that the rookie coach continues to keep them believing.
The Knicks are 5-29 for the season, the most losses in the NBA, and they have also lost nine straight games and 19 of their previous 20 games after Wednesday’s defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.
However, Anthony believes that the franchise is in the right hands with Fisher and he believes that any other coach in his position would have fared far worse so far this season.
“I think if it was anybody else in his position, I think this probably would’ve crumbled already,” Anthony said after scoring 19 points in 29 minutes. “I think he’s doing a great job of keeping everybody focused on the task at hand and believing in what we’re trying to do.”
Injuries haven’t helped Fisher or the Knicks with Anthony, JR Smith, Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and Iman Shumpert all missing significant playing time across the year so far.
Coupled with the difficulty of adjusting under the new culture and offense at the franchise, it has been a difficult settling in period for both the coach and players, as they have lacked any real consistency to make it effective.
Nevertheless, Anthony hopes that 2015 will be better than 2014 for the Knicks and he will be desperate to overcome his recent knee soreness to lead the team forward despite suggestions that he has been advised to rest.
The Knicks also have a trip to London to look forward to this month as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the O2 on January 15.