Carmelo Anthony is still on the wrong timeline.
Despite a solid offseason marked by the free agent signings of Robin Lopez and Arron Afflalo and addition of No. 4 overall draft pick Kristaps Porzingis, the New York Knicks are hardly a postseason lock in 2015-16. And unless Phil Jackson manages to lure another elusive big fish to the Big Apple soon, it’s hard to imagine his team being anything more than playoff fodder in the foreseeable future. The Knicks, basically, are years away from competing for championships.
That’s a problem for Anthony, a 31-year-old coming off perhaps the most disappointing season of his lengthy career. But the eight-time All-Star has approached his rehabilitation from February’s knee surgery with vigor, and is healthy enough to participate in this week’s Team USA mini-camp. And after supposedly lambasting the pick, he’s even come around on New York’s selection of the 19-year-old Porzingis, too.
None of that optimism means Anthony will suddenly morph into a player capable of leading his team to legitimacy. He needs to win now, while that slim possibility still exists. And the Knicks, obviously, just aren’t equipped to do so.
That humbling reality recently led to baseless speculation that Anthony could want out of New York. But he’s done everything possible to hush those rumors in the interim, and continued doing so earlier this week in another Q&A with fans on social media.