GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Carmelo Anthony on Monday expressed frustration about reports that he was unhappy with the drafting of Kristaps Porzingis or that he would consider waiving the no-trade clause in his contract.
Anthony said he's on board with team president Phil Jackson's plan and answered with an emphatic "hell no" when he was asked if he will look to be moved if the Knicks struggle again this season.
"For me to get to that point and decide this is not what it's going to be -- I already came this far," Anthony said after Monday's practice. "That doesn't even come across my mind at this point."
The Knicks took Porzingis, a 7-3 project from Latvia, with the No. 4 pick. Anthony said he had to YouTube highlights of Porzingis to see who he was and how he played.
But Anthony's reported displeasure with the pick -- among other things that were linked to him and never explicitly said by him -- bothered him.
"There's a long list," Anthony said. "The draft pick was one. Me waiving my trade clause is two. Me not wanting to be here is three. Just every day it was another team that I was going to be traded to. I was in everybody's trade this offseason, so after a while, at first it's like OK, I know it's not true, it's stupid. Then, after a while, it gets old.
"Fans are asking, you've got to deal with that everywhere you go. So things like that start to get overwhelming at times."
The Knicks have missed the playoffs for two straight years -- the only times Anthony didn't qualify in his 12-year career -- and were a franchise-worst 17-65 last season. But Anthony, who signed a five-year, $124-million contract last summer, said there was no need to sit down with Jackson after the draft or before camp started to discuss the plan.
"Let's be frank: Last year it was a hard year for us as a team, as an organization," Anthony said. "For me it was just a matter of trying to come to grips with myself, believe that everything will work itself out.
"I didn't have to have a meeting with Phil for him to sell me on what was going on. I knew the direction that the team was going in already based off the conversations that we had previous to the draft. So it wasn't about the draft pick. I already knew the vision, what the plan was going to be, or what plan they were trying to do.
"This right here, where we're at right now, this is part of the plan. So to see the plan coming to fruition is a good thing. So I don't even need to speak to Phil about plans and everything that's going on. When he's ready to tell me something, Phil knows where I'm at. I don't need to walk up to his office and say, 'Phil, what are we doing on this day?' or 'What are we doing with this and that?' We pay Phil the big bucks to run this organization and run this team, and that's what he's doing at this point."
The clock is ticking on Anthony's chances to win a title. He's 31 and returning from knee surgery. But he said last week that his window to win isn't closing and that he can play at a high level for another five years.
Anthony admitted he hoped the Knicks would sign big-name free agents. He tried recruiting LaMarcus Aldridge, who chose the Spurs. The Knicks signed defensive-minded players, including Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo and Kyle O'Quinn.
"In any free agency, you always try to shoot for the top, for the cream of the crop," Anthony said. "Then there's another tier that you have to go to when things don't go your way, and that's the tier that we're at right now. I thought he did a great job of putting this group of guys together."
Notes & quotes: Associate head coach Kurt Rambis ran practice with Derek Fisher absent because ofpersonal reasons . . . Afflalo (left hamstring strain) missed practice for the third straight day . . . Rambis said Porzingis has "effortless three-point range" and that he could end up being a combination of Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol in time. "He can do so many things," Rambis said. "You guys haven't seen it yet and probably all of it won't come out for three, four, five years, either."