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Carmelo Anthony says Knicks are competing for a championship

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony poses during

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony poses during media day at the Madison Square Garden Training Center on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Photo Credit: Andrew Theodorakis

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The Knicks may not have the makings of a team that can compete for a championship, but Carmelo Anthony sees it differently.

"We're competing," Anthony said after practice on Wednesday. "People might not believe that, but we're definitely competing for that. That's always going to be the goal. Whether we get there or not depends on us and what we're doing. That's always our big-picture goal."

The Knicks are coming off a franchise-worst 17-win campaign that's led to a rebuilding effort. They underwent a slew of changes this offseason and brought in eight new players with the two main pickups being veteran center Robin Lopez and rookie big man Kristaps Porzingis.

Anthony is returning from season-ending left knee surgery, so he could need some time to get back in rhythm. The Knicks also need time to jell.

A popular theory is that if the Knicks don't show vast improvement and Anthony doesn't get more help in the form of other stars he might ultimately sour on the team and seek a trade. But he continues to try to remain positive and patient and hope for the best.

"That's just me," Anthony said. "It's hard for me to kind of lose my patience and get upset at something you pretty much can't control. The only thing I can control is what goes on out there on the basketball court. Everything else is out of my control."

Knicks coach Derek Fisher doesn't seem concerned about Anthony's mental state during the rebuilding process. He said the Knicks are trying to build a winner.

"Rebuilding for us is based on the fact that we don't have a certain caliber of player on our roster, quote unquote, other than Carmelo," Fisher said. "So people assume that we're rebuilding. But was Atlanta rebuilding last year when they didn't have a quote-unquote player on their roster? So it just depends on who your team is.

"We think that our group as we figure some things out, will be more competitive than maybe what people think. But rebuilding doesn't necessarily mean we're not trying to win right now."


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