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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has insisted that he has faith in the plan that team president Phil Jackson has moving forward.
The Knicks set a record for the longest in-season losing streak in franchise history on Wednesday with their 13th straight loss which leaves them 5-33 for the season and bottom of the Eastern Conference.
In addition, Jackson essentially pulled the plug on the season earlier this week as he traded both JR Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers with a view of creating further cap space ahead of free agency.
While the roster continues to be revamped, Anthony maintains that he is still confident in what Jackson is doing and has faith that things will improve next year.
“I’ve got to trust in what’s happening,” Anthony said Wednesday. “I’ve got to trust in the plan that they’re trying to put in place.”
“I kind of knew that it was going to be kind of a rebuilding situation. But to be in the situation that we’re in now from a record standpoint, I couldn’t imagine this in a long time.
“When I first committed back to New York, that was something I always said: I had to trust that them guys know what they’re doing and believe in them guys. And that was one of the reasons I wanted to come back,” said Anthony, who signed a five-year, $124 million deal with the Knicks in July.
“Here’s an opportunity with the trust. Everything starts now.”
The 30-year-old has missed four straight games due to knee soreness and insisted that he will miss his former teammates both on and off the court while he hopes to make a return to the court before the Milwaukee Bucks game in London on January 15.
Meanwhile, Smith suggested that the Knicks players are “walking on egg-shells” as they continue to learn a new offensive system but he believes that they will eventually get it right particularly when they bring in their choice of new players.