Knicks' season over, focus is on Anthony's future

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 17, 2014 at 6:40 pm •  Published: April 17, 2014
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Carmelo Anthony said he wants to stay in New York, and said he wants to win.

It will be up to Phil Jackson to convince him that he can do both.

With the Knicks' season over and Anthony missing the playoffs for the first time in his career, he can begin thinking about his future. He plans to become a free agent in July and wants to be someplace where he can compete for championships.

The Knicks never came close this season, going 37-45. Anthony said it was a "failure" and an "embarrassment" that he's unwilling to go through again, which could force him to look elsewhere since New York will have trouble changing its roster next season.

"I want to come back. I also want to win. Me wanting to be here, if we can put ourselves in position to at least compete at a high level over the course of whatever, five years, the contract would be, then I'm willing to stay here," Anthony said Thursday while wearing a red hat with the letters "NY" at the Knicks' training center.

He met with Jackson, who took over as team president in March and has said he could envision Anthony as a central piece of the Knicks' future. Less clear is what he thinks about coach Mike Woodson, who received a strong endorsement from the Knicks' leading scorer.

"To be honest with you, Mike Woodson, me and him have become, he's been a guy I can talk to," Anthony said. "He's been almost a father figure, a friend, a guy who I can bounce stuff off of. I've been a guy he's talked to multiple times about multiple things, different situations. So when that time comes, if it's ready for me to step up and take that next step and say, 'OK, Mike Woodson needs to stay or go' — I don't think it would come down to that — but I'll back him. If he needs my recommendation, whether it's here or anywhere else, I'll back him."

Amare Stoudemire said Woodson wasn't a part of his exit meeting with Jackson and general manager Steve Mills, and he hadn't seen him Thursday.

Woodson led the Knicks to 54 wins and a division title last season, and the Knicks embraced their high expectations coming into 2013-14. But they got off to a dismal start and couldn't recover, bad timing with their best player having the option to leave.



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