Carmelo Anthony re-signed with the New York Knicks after much speculation about where he was going to go during the offseason. The Bulls and Rockets were both teams that needed one more piece to get over the hump. Melo could’ve been that piece but he decided to stay in New York as the Knicks centerpiece.
Here’s what Melo said at Knicks Media Day. From Al Iannazone’s report in NewsDay:
During his Media Day news conference on Monday, Anthony said there is a different “energy” around the Knicks than in years past. He expressed supreme belief in team president Phil Jackson and first-time coach Derek Fisher. He also assured that he will embrace their offensive system and plan to turn the Knicks into a contender.
Anthony also acknowledged that he could have been in a better position to win this season if he signed with another team over the summer. But Anthony, who inked a five-year, $124-million deal, said he had “unfinished business.”
“I made a commitment to the Knicks organization,” Anthony said. “I made a commitment to Derek Fisher, Phil Jackson. I also made a commitment to my teammates. That right there really shows you that it wasn’t all about just running and jumping ship and trying to get something in the immediate future. I’m willing to be patient. Now how long [am] I willing to be patient? I can’t tell you that. But I’m willing to take risks.
“I kind of forced my way to New York. And I have some unfinished business to take care of. I wouldn’t have felt right from a personal standpoint, just getting up and leaving like that.”
Melo is saying all the right things right now. While we all know his isolation-style of play clashes with Phil Jackson’s beliefs, Melo said he was willing to make that commitment. And we all forgot that he had one of his best all-around seasons last year; it was just overlooked because the team was so bad.
Phil Jackson’s resume speaks for itself. So does Derek Fisher’s. But Fisher doesn’t have experience as a coach. Will Melo’s patience and commitment with the Knicks pay off?
So far, he’s off to a good start, though. But we’re not even on October yet.
Melo image courtesy of Getty Images.