Carmelo Anthony is 31 years old and coming off of knee surgery, yet he says his window to win an NBA championship with the Knicks is still wide open.
"My window is open, I don’t think it’s closing," Anthony said Monday at Knicks media day. "We can start off this year with a clean slate. We can write whatever story we want to write. I think guys are excited about that."
Despite being the only holdover from last year's training camp, Anthony remains optimistic about this season. But like Phil Jackson, he doesn't want to predict a playoff berth for these new-look Knicks.
"It’s good not to have any expectations right now," Anthony said.
Anthony played in a career-low 40 games last season, and watched most of the second half of the dreadful 17-65 season from the sidelines following the All-Star Game.
"As far as last year, it’s kind of hard for me to think about," Anthony said. "Last year was kind of a blur for me, for us as a team."
Anthony is surrounded by new teammates -- including draft picks Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant -- and free agent acquisitions Robin Lopez, Derrick Williams and Arron Afflalo.
He says he feels indebted to Jackson for keeping him and doesn't want to let the Zenmaster down.
"I think Phil still believes in me," Anthony said. "That goes without even being said because I’m still here. For him to start this process with me being the centerpiece of this, I respect that and I don't want to let him down. For him to be put me as the centerpiece of this, I’m excited about that."