New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony praised team president Phil Jackson and GM Steve Mills for reshaping the team's roster this offseason.
"I don't want no credit," Anthony said, according to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears. "Phil did everything. Phil and Steve."
Following a 32-50 season, the Knicks, now led by Jeff Hornacek, transformed their roster by trading for former Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, signing free agents Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee, and bringing over Willy Hernangomez from overseas.
"The front office stepped up," Anthony said, according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola. "It was a collective effort. They did their job and they did what they had to do to make some moves and make things happen. They put us in a situation to give us an opportunity. All we have to do is take advantage of that."
New York kept Kristaps Porzingis, who will be entering his second season, and also held on to Lance Thomas and Kyle O'Quinn. Brook Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant were part of the package that brought Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick to New York.
Anthony, who will be playing for Team USA in the Rio Olympics, said he believes the Knicks "have a special team on paper," according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone.
"For me, the time is now," Anthony said, according to Spears. "For us as a city, as an organization, that should be the mindset."