In the 2013-2014 season, the New York Knicks finished 37-45 and missed the playoffs for the firs time since the 2009-2010 season; ultimately costing Mike Woodson his job as team's head coach.
That lead to Phil Jackson coming in to take over as the Knicks team president, the hiring of long-time Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher as head coach and the trading of Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton right out of town in a roster overhaul and reshape.
The team's superstar; Carmelo Anthony who re-signed with the Knicks last month on a five-year agreement to stay in town, also missed the postseason with the Knicks since coming over in the trade that sent him from the Denver Nuggets to New York back in the 2010-2011 season.
Now a year removed from such a disappointing season, Anthony is now vowing, more like guaranteeing, that the Knicks will be back in the postseason when the 2014-2015 season rolls around.
“Yeah, I think so for sure. Absolutely,” an impressively slimmed-down Anthony said of the Knicks’ playoff chances before entering a Midtown gym for a late morning-to-early afternoon workout with a group of NBA players. “I can’t wait to get started,” said Anthony, who missed the playoffs for the first time in his career when the Knicks stumbled to a 37-45 record last season. “No goals. Not setting any goals, but I just can’t wait to get it back on.”
The 29-year-old Anthony, who is coming off a season where he averaged 27.4 points and 8.1 rebounds last season for the underachieving Knicks, appears to have slimmed down in a new diet that Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has promoted; it helped LeBron lose about 15 pounds and it looks like Anthony has lost right around the same number too. Some think that Anthony could have lost the weight to get into better shape to run the famous Jackson/Fisher "Triangle Offense" in this coming season.
While Anthony told the fans that they shouldn't expect a championship in this upcoming season, getting back to the playoffs would be a right first step in the direction under the new regime of the Knicks and under Jackson and Fisher.
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