The New York Knicks were a huge disappointment last season, but superstar forward Carmelo Anthony believes that things will be a lot different in the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season.
In an interview with the New York Post, Anthony confidently said that the Knicks, who finished 37-45 last season, will make the playoffs next season.
"Yeah, I think so for sure. Absolutely," said Anthony when asked if he expects the Knicks to make the postseason.
The Knicks managed to keep Anthony in New York as new team president Phil Jackson convinced the All-Star to sign a five-year, $124 million deal this summer despite strong offers from different teams.
But while they kept Anthony, the Knicks failed to acquire another marquee player due to their limited cap space. They still made several moves that could make them an improved team next season, though,
The Knicks traded starting center Tyson Chandler along with troubled guard Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for veteran playmaker Jose Calderon, defensive specialist Samuel Dalembert, shooting guard Wayne Ellington and two second-round picks.
Ellington was then traded to the Sacramento Kings along with Jeremy Tyler in exchange for Travis Outlaw and Quincy Acy, while also signing veteran center Jason Smith and rookie Cleanthony Early.
"I'm cool, I'm happy, but I don't really want to get into details about that," Anthony said of the moves they made this offseason.
The Knicks will also play in their first season under Jackson and new head coach Derek Fisher, and Anthony's former coach in Syracuse, Jim Boeheim, echoed his former player's statement when asked about the Knicks' chances next season.
"I think they'll show significant improvement this year. If they get a couple of guys down the road, I think they'll be good," Boeheim said via ESPN New York. "The bottom line is that [Anthony] wanted to stay in New York and he feels that they'll be significantly better this year. A few moves, a different look, a more consistent approach. And then it comes down to can you attract a couple guys."
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