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Carmelo Anthony expects the Knicks to be better than they were last year

Sep 11, 2013, 12:14 AM EDT

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The Knicks had a great regular season in 2013, finishing with the second-best record in the East behind only the defending champion Miami Heat.

Carmelo Anthony leading the league in scoring was a big part of that, as was J.R. Smith putting together a season worthy of him bringing home the league’s Sixth Man of the Year honor.

But despite the competition stiffening this offseason, the Knicks star believes that his team will be even better next season.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“We were the top two seed last year,’’ Anthony said. “I think nobody expected that. This year we expect to do the same thing. I actually see this team be better than last year’s team. I won’t get into all the details [why]. But we feel that. We feel we have improved as a unit.”

The Knicks went 54-28, winning the Atlantic Division, but petered out in the second round, losing in six games to the Pacers. The Knicks drafted Tim Hardaway Jr. and added Metta World Peace, Andrea Bargnani and point guard Beno Udrih. Their losses were Jason Kidd, Steve Novak and Marcus Camby, all three of whom barely played in the playoffs. Still, some are predicting the Knicks to drop to fifth in the East.

Those who are expecting a drop off for the Knicks next year are doing so largely based on what’s going on with other teams, as opposed to focusing on whether New York improved, stayed the same, or got worse from a talent perspective.

Most expect the Heat to be near the top of the Conference once again, and the Pacers, coming off of a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals, added depth to their bench which (along with that experience) have many favoring them to make a regular season leap this season.

Then there are the Bulls, who expect to have Derrick Rose ready for the first day of training camp. His addition alone would appear to make Chicago formidable all season long.

Finally, we have the Nets, who added Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to round out what will now be a stacked starting five along with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez.

The way the others in the East’s upper echelon bulked up, the Knicks are going to have their hands full. Anthony’s comments aren’t a surprise, but he may have a tougher time than he did a season ago in leading his team to as high as a two-seed for the second straight season.

  1. money2long - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    who thinks cj leslie will be a factor this season? by any meaningful magnitude

  2. shanydawg - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    best headline of the year!

  3. moseskkim - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Mwp bargs and beno are solid pieces. I always felt Knicks lacked enough offensive options. Felton isn’t great at playmaking, shump is pretty bad on O, jr is a chucker, I actually really like Melos overall game, chandler is tip-in lob guy, amare is half the man he was.. I think these new pieces will help so that jr and melo don’t have to chuck all night cuz of a lack of offensive options. If someone shuts down melo, and jr is on a cold streak, who could help score last year? No one. So I really never agreed with the scrutiny put on melo.

    • sellahh - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:56 AM

      And who’s gonna score this year? A late first round rookie? MWP whose dribble is uglier than mine or Bargs who’s a 40% shooting stretch 4?

      • homieshome - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:19 AM

        dude, just shutup. Knicks bench will destroy any other teams bench. They have alot of scorers, but adding Beasley couldnt hurt incase something happens to Smith or Melo. Shumpert will be alot better on offense

      • money2long - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        barring injury, which is the case for anyone, bargs will hav a good season. the only question mark i have will be how long it takes until he finds his groove. new team situations don’t always click right away.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        @money2long…

        bargs getting injured is the best case scenario for the Knicks. He’s been looking for that groove for about 6 years now.

      • money2long - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        you’re a comedian. but let me roll with what you just said. and i guess that makes my estimation of his season even more bold huh? we’ll revisit this 365 days from now.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        If you think he’s good now, you’re just going to keep on pretending he’s good no matter what kind of season he has. To underperform in your eyes, he’d have to shoot 30% from the field and grab 1 rebound a game.

      • money2long - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        open your eyes, and look at what the discussion is about.

        i am not getting into whether bargs is good now. i am not talking about his past. nor when he did have a good season that contributed to him landing his big contract in the first place.

        the discussion is that he will have a good 2013 2014 season.

        he is no longer in toronto. he is in new york in a different system. with a different coach and different support cast. it is about judging how the player will fit into the new scheme he is in. and looking at what he can bring to the table and how that may constitute itself among his new teammates.

        im not looking back. im only looking forward. i believe bargs will be a factor. you do not. we shall see.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        I believe that NBA players are quite consistent when compared to other sports. I believe that players are pretty much solely responsible for their play, and teammates have little effect on your individual stats. I believe that being on a really poor team actually inflates your stats slightly. I also believe that the best predictor of future performance is past performance. Funny how every single one of my beliefs coincide with actual statistical facts.

        Perhaps Bargnani will magically learn how to shoot, rebound, pass, hang onto the ball, and play defense in NY. I’m sure that he couldn’t do that before because he was subconsciously thinking about Demar Derozan being his teammate when he was taking another stupid 20 footer. I admire your basketball faith, however.

      • money2long - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        you said : teammates have little effect on your individual stats.

        my argument for that:
        larry bird thinks he had an affect on teammates. coaches believe tyson chandler changed the culture in dallas and is why the have a ring. observes think garnett raises the defense’s focus of his team. lebron james can make guys look better. dwight howard in orlando can affect the effectiveness of the 3pt bombers surrounding him.

        you then said, the best predictor of future performance is past performance.

        my argument for that:
        explain how jermaine oneal can go from bench player in portland to a star pf in indiana. explain how earl clark can be a throw in within a trade and earn the role he has now in cleveland. same thing with shannon brown. he made a name for himself, , yet was just a thro in before he got to la. explain the idea of potential. your logic is just flawed. GM’s dont just look at past performance. they look at everything. if all they did as look at past performance, why did kris humphries land the deal he did ? his past performance didnt predict he’d average a double double. but he did and got paid. unfortunately he slept with kim kardashian and his career went backwards.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        Money2long

        Your rambling, nearly incoherent retort is a perfect blend of bad logic and just plain inaccuracy. Everything I said I believe has been scientifically proven to be true. The Earth orbits the Sun. Past performance is the best predictor of future performance. These things are just facts. For every player you named as examples, there are 50 that don’t work as examples for you.

      • money2long - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        scientifically true ? hahahaha
        ok earth orbits the sun. so 1,000,000,000 years from now ill that still be the case? NO ! silly rabbit. because the sun will explode. so did past performance indicate that? according to you past performance will be consistent performance. according to you, there is no such thing as change. youre so illogical in your thinking past performance. read a book.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        Hahaha now you’re just getting silly. People know the sun will explode. That’s going to happen. Bargs getting a lot better would be the equivalent of the Earth stopping its orbit and changing directions. The guy is really bad at basketball compared to other NBA players. You say he won’t be because his location has changed. I say that’s farcical. There is no guarantee, of course. I’m saying the probability that he continues to suck is 99%.

      • money2long - Sep 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        explain how shannon brown got the contract he did with the suns? who was shannon brown before he got to the lakers? your idea of how you present past performance is so illogical. klay thompson just said in the article on this website that iguodala may make his offensive game better. do you not understand that different players and coaches affect player performances ? did u not hear andrew bynum say kobe may have stunted his growth ? did you not understand what teamwork is? do you not understand that gm’s try to surround less defensive players with more defensive players to hide their deficiencies ? you’re only saying a players performance is only determined on him and him alone. you are mistaken. in a team game, your teammates affect you too. just like jason kidd can bring out the best in players, or nash can make boris diaw or whoever look amazing. tom brady can probably make you look like a half way decent nfl player. coaches also affect players performances and change their games. hence carmelo putting more of an effort on defense under woodson. sometimes having a great player around you can free you up. like how lebron makes other non name players like boobie gibson have some worth. your idea that only the player’s past performance is the only indicator how how they will play in the present is very flawed. you must be a bad teammate.

  4. adamsjohn714 - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    Why were they so good last year? Great 3 point shooting and very few turnovers. They lost some shooting and replaced it with worse shooting from distance. They also added guys who turn the ball over a fair amount. It’s not rocket science.

    • homieshome - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      You have no clue what you’re talking about. I know what it’s like to hate something, you literally try to make up excuses to tell yourself and really you’re only believing your own lies. Don’t dismiss how good the Knicks were and just try crediting all of the success they had to Steve Novak. That’s rediculous, he was a role player who had no game besides for shooting and any Knicks fan will tell you he was only a stunning shooter when they already had the momentum. ANY TIME they put him in when they needed him mostly, he never pulled through, so his shooting was not clutch and aside from that, he couldn’t do anything else, especially rebound or play defense. They were great for their team ball. And the Knicks are such a fun team to watch, no one can deny that. We got younger, better, healthier, more talented and more experienced as a team / chemistry.

      Enjoy the year and good luck to your team

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      hahaha calm down man. I was being nice. I could have said simply adding bargnani made the knicks much worse. At least they resigned Pablo. Maybe they’ll play him most of Kidd’s lost minutes.

      • rboutote - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        Stop trollin… They will be a better team this yr… Watch. There’s no way you can make an argument that the moves they made didn’t upgrade their roster, bottom line. the teams around them got better, yes. but their roster has improved as well. the key for them is staying healthy, injuries plagued them last yr to the point where iy may have cost them the top seed. the first and last third of last season they had the best record in the league. People can argue all they want but that is a fact. This yr they should be a better unit. Nobody expected them to be a 2 seed and win the division last yr, NOBODY. ESPN writers were 0-35 in preseason predictions for the Atlantic. your opinion in September means nothing, talk to me in June.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        I can make that argument. In fact, I’ve done it many times. The players they added aren’t as good as the players they lost.

        P.S. The same evaluation metric that tells me those players aren’t very good (besides common sense) predicted the Knicks to finish 1st in the East before last season.

  5. homieshome - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    The Knicks got better, absolutely, they got younger, healthier, more talented, experienced and more chemistry. They have now been through alot more together as a team. They will be better and so will the east but not as much as people are making the east out to be.

  6. abchome - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Sure he does, he thinks Andrea Bargnani a steal afterall. And even the Lakers think they are better than last year.

    • homieshome - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      How didn’t they get better genious? They got younger, they got healthier, they brought in more role players (like Bargnani) and grew more experience as a team and team chemistry. They are such a fun team to watch and i see them being even more fun. You’ll see too, but the question is, will you admit it to yourself?
      Good luck to your team next year and enjoy the year.

    • money2long - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      crickets

    • borderline1988 - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Bargnani is a wildcard. He does have a lot of talent – he even was an all-star calibre player in 2011/12 before he got hurt. So who knows? Andray Blatche had a good rebound year last year…if Blatche can do it, certainly Bargnani can. Maybe with a new team and the fact that he doesn’t have to be the #1 guy on offense..he may have a bit of a rejuvenation.

      Although my bet is not…I’ve watched him since he was a rookie and my feeling is that he doesn’t have a good feel for basketball. He has a good up-fake, but tends to get out of control when driving to the rim due to poor footwork, and ends up committing charges, travels, or puts up wild shots. That’s why he usually takes that first dribble and then rises for a jumper.

      He also doesn’t have a nose for the ball…which is why he loses rebounds even when he’s in good position. He never developed a post game either, even though Raptors coaches were trying to help him with that since Day 1.

      At the end of the day, he can stretch out defenses because his 3pt shooting has to be respected, and he can easily shoot over smaller defenders. I actually think he’d be a good complement to Carmelo, b/c he draws away rim-protectors and opens up the court, something Amare and Chandler can’t do.
      So he can be a weapon in certain situations, but he’s just not the player you can trust as an everyday starter, b/c his defense is weak and offensive game is limited.

  7. bougin89 - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Isolation basketball won’t work in the playoffs. That’s really all I got.

  8. bux1022 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Bargs dealt with injuries over the last two years. His game slipped when Bosh left Toronto.. And Bosh hasn’t been a Heat for 6 years. Go watch some basketball and stop posting trash!

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      You should read more.

  9. alexb1234 - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    all the negativity surrounding the knicks is about one thing and one thing only – for some reason PEOPLE HATE MELO…

    With that said the knicks won 54 games last year and got better…

    let me simplify it for you guys/gals..

    yes the nets got better on paper but also got older which usually doesn’t translate well in the playoffs ie: the knicks last year….

    the bulls got rose back but is he the rose of old? history tells us that if he is it will take him a few months to get his legs back

    the heat are the heat and the knicks match up well with them – ask the Heat they didn’t wanna see the Knicks in the playoffs…

    the pacers are tough but the knicks got tougher by adding Artest – David West won’t be banging up and bruising up Melo down low anymore Artest will take the hits and hit back….

    bargs won’t be relied upon he will just shoot threes and be the third scorer….he won’t be the savior like he was supposed to be in Toronto so with the pressure off(if healthy) expect him to flourish…

    that is all have a good day

  10. dysraw1 - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    here’s the thing guys i appreciate your augments in regards to the knicks, in fact some of the comments are on point. but as a fan i just flat out think its time. so your opinions don’t resonate where you see fault i see my cities chance at glory. we all know there’s a ton of obstacles on that road. and i don’t think that im one of those Shump is better than Lebron fans, i just think its time.

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