TORONTO — Carmelo Anthony says he dreams of playing with another star because he just can’t do it all by himself.
As the perennial All-Star nears his 32nd birthday, the Knicks are nearing a third straight year of missing the playoffs. That doesn’t “sit well” with Anthony, in his words. He wants team president Phil Jackson to get him some help.
“I think everybody always kind of dreams and hopes that they can play with another great player, another star player,” Anthony said Friday during NBA All-Star Media Day. “It’s a star players’ league. I think that’s what we all talk about every time we get together. ‘I want to play with you. I want to play with you.’ Even here, different guys say, ‘Come play with me, come play with me.’ That’s always the mindset.
“I think everybody that’s in my situation, in my position, they all want the load off, especially the older that they get. You realize that you just can’t do it by yourself.”
The Knicks will have the money to sign stars this summer, when Kevin Durant and Mike Co
nley Jr. will be available.
Anthony, elected Friday to the players’ association executive committee as a vice president, said other players ask him to come play with them. But when asked if he thinks leaving New York might give him the best chance to win, he joked, “I have my headphones on.”
So Anthony hears them, but he might not be listening — yet.
Anthony, who will play in his ninth All-Star Game tomorrow night, wants his winning to be done with the Knicks. He praised Kristaps Porzingis, saying “he brought a new energy that we were looking for,” and believes he’s a future All-Star. But Anthony is in win-now mode.
The Knicks entered the break 23-32 after losing 10 of their last 11 games. Jackson fired coach Derek Fisher on Monday, replacing him with Kurt Rambis on an interim basis. Unless the 12th-place Knicks turn things around quickly, Anthony will have another long offseason. “That doesn’t sit well with me to know that it can be three years if we don’t pick it up right away,” he said. “I try not to think about that right now, but in actuality, you have to start thinking about that.”
Anthony said if the Knicks missed the playoffs for a third straight year he would contemplate his future.
“I’m pretty sure I’ll have that conversation with myself, and my family and my team, but that’s not the conversation right now,” Anthony said.
On Monday, when Rambis became his fourth coach since 2012, Anthony said he won’t waive his no-trade clause and wants to remain a Knick. He wouldn’t address questions about Tom Thibodeau, who many consider the best coach available but doesn’t appear to be on Jackson’s radar. Anthony, however, doesn’t think the coaching situation will affect players wanting to play for the Knicks.
“It’s more about guys wanting to come, guys wanting to play alongside me, guys seeing the future of what’s going to be on the court,” he said. “I don’t think the coaching situation is a big part of that. Maybe it is in some guys’ eyes. But I think in this day and age, it’s more about who the guy’s going to be playing with out there on the basketball court than it is who’s on the sideline. That could come later.”
Anthony wants help on the court sooner rather than later.
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