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Carmelo says he is underrated: Knicks star believes he hasn’t received all respect he deserves yet.
Carmelo Anthony has unfinished business: Melo ready to help Knicks achieve success in coming years.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony says “we have what we have” as he sounds less than confident in the current roster at the franchise ahead of the new NBA season.
The 30-year-old has linked up with new coach Derek Fisher and his team-mates for the start of training camp, and believes he is already seeing the benefits of the triangle offense system.
Melo believes that the system will alleviate some of the burden on his shoulders to get the job done every night, but he concedes that the roster still needs more talent if the Knicks are to compete for an NBA championship.
“For this season, right now, we have what we have,” Anthony said when asked if he feels he has the help he is looking for.
“We’re going to deal with that. That was a big discussion with me and Phil — that was one of my things.”
“I didn’t want to have to do it night in and night out. I wanted some nights when somebody else can pick up the load. Right now, with the way we’re playing [in training camp], I don’t have to do everything. But we haven’t played one game. … So we’ll see what happens.”
It remains to be seen what impact Anthony’s comments have on the Knicks camp, in particular his team-mates who will arguably not take kindly to suggestions that they are not good enough.
However, Anthony placed his trust in team president Phil Jackson this summer after spurning the advances of the likes of the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets to sign a new five-year deal with the franchise worth $124m.
While staying in New York was always his priority, he will be looking at the front office to make significant moves in free agency next year to add some talent to the team, with Jose Calderon the only notable addition this summer.
Anthony is expected to spend the majority of his playing time at small forward this season as he believes that the current roster contains enough power forwards to allow him to play on the wing where he prefers to be.