The New York Knicks were an absolute mess this past season. After earning the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference the season prior, New York won just 37 games and missed the playoffs in a terrible conference.
But Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who the team re-signed this summer to a five-year near maximum contract, told ESPN New York that he doesn’t expect to go through a season like that again in 2014-15.
“I don’t think we will have another season like we had last year. When I say, ‘I believe that we will make the playoffs,’ that’s where I’m coming from. I think we will have a much better season than we did last year,” Anthony said on Thursday night at Barclays Center, where he served as a coach in a celebrity basketball game sponsored by CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano’s charities. “As far as putting a number on the games we want to win, it’s hard to say that right now. But as far as us feeling good about this upcoming season, the way we feel I’m confident in what we’re about to create. I believe we will be in the postseason.”
Although the Knicks don’t have a great deal of talent surrounding Carmelo, having a player of his caliber makes a playoff berth well within New York’s reach.
But even Carmelo knows the Knicks have a long ways to go before they are true contenders again, as he recently told PrimeraHora.com that he doesn’t believe New York will make a title run in 2014-15.
Anthony averaged 27.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in 2013-14 with the Knicks.