Though Kristaps Porzingis’ arrival signals an optimistic future the New York Knicks haven’t had in years, they still have an All-Star whose peak is rapidly slipping away without a team in contention. Carmelo Anthony feels the pressure of the present, even as he embraces the future, which is why he says he’s committed to recruiting free agents to the Knicks this season.
“This summer is going to be interesting. I don’t have a choice. If we want this team to be better, we want to add pieces. I don’t have a choice but to go out there and do my job and try to get people to come here so they can see it from my perspective rather than everybody else’s perspective, seeing it from a player’s perspective.”
One of his targets is Rajon Rondo, the soon-to-be-free agent point guard with a pass-first, pass-second and pass-third mentality. ‘Melo knows he would get more and better shots with Rondo, and he also insists they could work together within the principles of Phil Jackson’s Triangle concept. The problem is, he’s not allowed to recruit Rondo until the season’s over. When speaking to the New York Post, however, he just couldn’t help himself.
“I don’t want to be tampering — I’ve heard he said he wouldn’t thrive in a system like this,” Anthony said of his fellow Oak Hill Academy alum. “I think he’d be perfect in a system like this. A system like this fits a guy like that. To have the ball in their hands and be able to run the offense, I think it fits well. I don’t know who’s telling him he don’t fit.