What Knicks fans must remember, then, is that there’s a much bigger long-term picture in place for their team – and by taking Porzingis under his wing, it’s clear that Anthony already sees it. During the summer, Jackson spent more than 110 million on six free agents and two rookies he hopes can change the way the Knicks play defensively and from an activity standpoint.
“It’s tough”, Anthony said after the team went through its first on-court workout Tuesday morning. “I think Phil still believes in me”, said Anthony, the only player left from the roster that Jackson inherited.
Anthony said there was less talking this time around from Fisher, who had to set the tone immediately previous year in camp and prove to veterans like Anthony and former Knick Amare’ Stoudemire that he knew what he was doing despite having never coached before. For the past three weeks, Anthony and the new-look Knicks have worked out together on the floor and several members of the squad joined him in Puerto Rico for a few team bonding. It doesn’t matter the percentages of time we meet. “Was it the stars that we wanted to go after and go get? It’s on me. And I’m comfortable with that”. But there appears to be enough complementary pieces this season to double last year’s win total. “Here being in New York, the name of that talent”.
“I expect him to do everything unless we tell him not to”, Fisher said.
“I thought the setup was ideal, ” Anthony said. Fisher said the team’s record is on his ledger, not Jackson’s. “It’s really like the guys”. Everybody wrote many stories about Kobe [Bryant] not passing the ball and not running offense and, ‘Oh, we just throw it down to Shaq.’ That was true. “I mean, it’s been a long time just sitting back and watching, putting a lot of work in to my body and rehabbing, training, and treatment since February, so to be back on the court now when I can just focus on basketball is a pretty good feeling”. “And I think guys are excited about that, to have a chance to start off fresh and kind of put the past behind us and move forward”. For all we know, he may play the whole season without being traded.
Fisher is used to winning nearly everywhere he has gone and heading into the summer off a relatively successful season.
Carmelo Anthony made his return to the basketball court on Tuesday as the New York Knickerbockers began their training camp at the United States Military Academy at West Point. My family, they keep my head straight and make sure I do the right thing and not worry about other stuff too much.
Of course everyone knew who you were Melo…you won the NCAA Championship the year you were drafted! There is only one team that gets the crown…