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Carmelo Anthony to end career with Knicks: Melo ready to see out five-year deal and stay on.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has insisted that he has “unfinished business” with the franchise but is willing to be patient to succeed with them.
The 30-year-old visited the likes of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers in free agency earlier this summer, but ultimately he opted to remain in New York and signed a five-year max deal worth $124m.
However, having won just 37 games last season and missing out on the playoffs, it is unlikely that despite the arrival of Phil Jackson as team president that the Knicks will enjoy any immediate success.
While Anthony conceded that he would have had that opportunity if he had chosen to move elsewhere, he is happy to play the waiting game and keep faith in the Knicks to become a competitor in the Eastern Conference in the coming years.
“I kind of forced my way to New York [in 2011], and I have some unfinished business to take care of,” Anthony said Monday during the Knicks’ media day.
“I wouldn’t have felt right from a personal standpoint, just getting up and leaving.”
Melo didn’t give a time-frame as to how long he would be willing to be patient for, but he has insisted that he is happy that he chose to stay with the Knicks and will give them every chance to help him fulfil his ambition of winning an NBA championship.
Meanwhile, he will also need to adjust to a new coach in Derek Fisher as well as the new triangle offense system, but he is ready to take that in his stride and believes that it will only help him “enhance his game”.
Anthony revealed that he has spoken with Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen about the system, and while he is eager to bottle up the information that they have passed on to him, he is eager to get back out on the court and help the Knicks to a successful season.