The New York Knicks are playing .500 basketball over their last 26 games and, with the NBA’s oldest roster, may have needed the All-Star break to rest more than any other team. New York sits at 32-18 at the halfway point, in first place in the Atlantic Division.
Carmelo Anthony is averaging 28.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. No. 7 had a strong performance in the All-Star game with 26 points, and he is confident that the Knicks are well-rested and ready for a big second-half run.
Carmelo Anthony joined 98.7 ESPN New York with The Michael Kay Show to discuss his thoughts on the New York Knicks’ first half of the season, the Knicks’ struggles over their last 25 games, the Knicks offense being stagnant, his arm injury before the All-Star Break and the Knicks still being able to beat the Heat.
Your thoughts on your first half and the Knicks’ first half of the season?
“I am pretty satisfied with the way we was able to start off the season. We started off very, very strong. It had some guys with some injuries that we was playing through. Guys came back and we was still able to finish the first half of the season pretty strong. We dropped some games that we thought we should have won. The most important thing is that we know that and we keep that in the back of our mind and we learn from that and get ready to make this run.”
Why have the Knicks struggled lately? Fatigue? Injuries?
“I really can’t put my finger on it. I think hopefully over the break everybody has time to reflect back over the first half of the season and just to get ready for this second half. I think today we had a great practice and guys were staying pretty focused, because usually when you go on the break the first practice back is the worst one, but we had a very efficient practice. Guys are on board to make this push and we’re excited about it.”
Do you sense that the offense is stagnant other than you?
“Well I think sometimes we had that problem. I think sometimes we stand around and try to make things happen and sometimes things don’t happen and we’re just looking around, but for the most part I think we saw that in games we have been losing. That’s been one of the key problems.”
The game before the All-Star Break you hurt your arm. Is everything good?
“Yeah I’m good. I had been in worse places in my life. [Laughs]”
Miami has been playing out of their mind over the last month. Do you think the Knicks can still beat them?
“I don’t have no doubt about it. [Michael Kay: Really?] I have no doubt about it. You don’t expect me to sit here and say no do you? [Michael Kay: You don’t have any doubts about it?] Well, I mean, we have our 10. It’s all about matchups at the end of the day. It’s about what team can match up with what team. On any given night a team can be beaten in this league. It’s been proven this year. We are just trying to come into the playoffs full steam ahead and when it’s our time to match up with Miami we’ll figure that out.”