The Knicks made some improvements, but have generally been viewed as a team that will slip in the East with the immergence of the Pacers, and the Bulls regaining Derrick Rose, plus the overhaul of the Nets.
Carmelo Anthony isn’t worried, and thinks his squad is going to be better this season than they were last year, when they finished second in the East during the regular season. One of the reasons he believes the team will see an improvement is because he is ready to make even more of an impact on the offensive end.
Anthony, a guest speaker at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit in Midtown, also indicated he would have even more of a scoring mentality than he did last season, when he won the scoring title. Anthony also cracked up the audience by joking about rumors he would sign with the Lakers as a free agent.
“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.”
Having grabbed Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace, and drafting Tim Hardaway Jr. the Knicks will probably be slightly better than they were last year, but they probably don’t have enough fire power to contend with the Heat.
Plus factor in not only Indiana’s improvement, but their key additions of C.J. Watson as a backup point, and Luis Scola at the four – not to mention a healthy Danny Granger – and the Knicks signings aren’t looking so hot.
A lot can happen during the season, and one key injury can shake up a team, so it will be interesting to see how far Melo’s team can go this year.