With the news that Carmelo Anthony has re-signed with the Knicks, new Knicks head coach Derek Fisher has to be pleased to see Melo coming back to New York City.
Recently, Fisher spoke about Melo’s return with the folks over at Newsday and noted that he thinks Carmelo can lead the Knicks to an NBA championship, he just doesn’t know when:
“In my opinion, based on our roster and the things we’re going to do and who we’re going to become, we can compete for playing in the playoffs and for a championship in the Eastern Conference,” Fisher said Monday. “When that happens, and putting dates on it and how, that’s not my job.
Derek also commented that Carmelo was a winner and that he’s not going to change that winning-mentality:
Fisher added: “The toughest part for him was is the roster going to be competitive enough to win because he wants to win. He’s a winner. He’s won a championship at the college level. He’s only missed the playoffs [once] in his career. That’s who we want to be. That’s who I’ve always been, and that’s not going to change now that I’m a coach — eating, sleeping, dreaming about winning.
“At the end of the day, it’s the best team that ultimately wins the championship. We hope to be there one day, but right now, we have to start at the beginning, and that’s becoming a team.”
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