If you had to describe the New York Knicks’ 2015-16 NBA season, the words “very interesting” are as good as any. In fact, they’re the exact words that Carmelo Anthony chose when asked that question Thursday.
“Very interesting,” Anthony said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “So many things happened – things that you can’t control as far as injuries and coaching changes. There’s so much that happened throughout the course of the season that you just have to flip the page and it’s on to the next.”
Anthony averaged 21.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 72 games this season – not bad for a guy who had knee surgery last February. And, the Knicks actually started the year 22-22 – this after going 17-65 in 2014-15 – but they went 10-28 the rest of the way to finish 32-50.
It was a crazy year.
“It was a roller coaster,” Anthony said. “To be honest with you, it was a roller coaster. To go through what I went through last year, to have the offseason that I had, coming back from that surgery, starting the season off good and then just the snap of the finger you have a couple injuries and things don’t go your way and the whole season started to tumble downhill. It was definitely a roller-coaster ride.”
The Knicks began the year with Derek Fisher as head coach. Fisher, however, was fired in February, with Phil Jackson moving Kurt Rambis to an interim role. The Knicks are currently looking for a replacement.
Anthony has not been involved with the search.
“It’s tough,” Anthony said. “It’s tough to not know kind of what’s happening or what’s going on. Nobody never wants to be in the dark or not knowing something that will affect their situation.”
Jackson, of course, wants someone to run the triangle offense, which helped him win 11 NBA titles with the Bulls and Lakers. Anthony said he is a fan of the triangle.
“I absolutely believe that it definitely fits my skill set,” he said. “But it is a thinking man’s game. You have to think, you have to be quick, you have to be keen, you have to be sharp. You not only have to figure it out for yourself, but everybody else has to figure out the same thing that you’re figuring out because you all have to be on the same page at once. If our guys are doing one thing and then one guy’s doing another thing, it won’t work. It knocks everything off balance.”
Regardless of which direction the Knicks go coaching-wise, Anthony wants to bring a championship to New York. Unfortunately, he needs help. He also turns 32 in May and recognizes that his window is closing.
“I don’t want to have to carry a team,” he said. “None of the stars that’s out there in my position want to be the sole guy to have to carry a team. I think those days are over with. Guys realized that you can’t do it yourself. You always need a team. . . . I know what I can do. I know what I’m capable of. I know my body, and my body would never lie to me. So I’m going to keep going at this rate until my body says it’s time for you to make another adjustment.”