Carmelo Anthony knows why Knicks couldn’t draw top free agents
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony says that he enjoyed his time with the New York Knicks despite the fact that he was unable to help them become a title contender.
“Honestly, I didn’t have a bad experience there,” said Anthony, via Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News. “Overall, looking back on it now, I had a great, great experience in New York. Last couple years was a little tough as far as losing and what I had to deal with, but other than that I had a helluva experience in New York.
“That energy with the fans, the team and the players that came through there. My time there, overall, I had a helluva experience. The last couple of years, it is what it is. But, overall it was great.”
Anthony admits that the negative perception surrounding the Knicks as an organization scared away potential top free agents during his time with the Knicks.
“I think just the business. Everything that was going on,” Anthony said. “The perception of the organization. I think it probably scared a lot of people away. Scared some people away. Not knowing the nuances and the ins and outs of kind of what was going on, who is in charge, who is not. So it was more than just basketball when it came ot people making those decisions. A lot of times the decision is not the basketball player. It’s the people that’s around him, it’s the team that has a heavy influence on a lot of those decisions.”
With head coach David Fizdale, and executives Scott Perry and Steve Mills now in charge, hopefully the Knicks can get rid of their negative perception and bring in stars like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.