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The rest of the Eastern Conference is improving around the New York Knicks.

The Miami Heat are the defending champs, and well, LeBron James is still on the team. The Indiana Pacers proved they're a tough test for the Knicks in the playoffs. The Brooklyn Nets added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to play alongside Deron Williams, and the Chicago Bulls will get a healthy Derrick Rose back this year.

So Carmelo Anthony, how will you respond?

In an ESPN New York feature, Jared Zwerling outlined Melo's offseason workout plan. Alongside longtime trainer Idan Ravin, Anthony has been performing basketball, beach and weight training workouts, which he believes will prepare him for a tougher 2013 season.

"(Idan and I) are always trying to figure out what's the next move or how we're going to push this year," Anthony told ESPN NY. "I think we did a great job of just coming up with something and just running with it ... Just certain dieting things, just taking chances with different styles of training -- not just doing stuff on the basketball court or in the weight room. I'm trying to just push the limit."

Ravin said the workouts are more sophisticated this summer and should help Anthony to counter different defenses and stronger defenders. And a stricter diet should allow him to be in better shape.

It's an encouraging sign for Knicks fans. Melo has often been criticized for being complacent and not being a hard worker, but it sounds like the perennial All-Star forward is motivated to put his Knicks in position for an even deeper postseason run.

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