Carmelo Anthony finally admitted what we all knew, the Knicks won’t win a championship this year.  During his free agency tour, Anthony said winning was his priority so it didn’t make sense to some that he re-signed with the Knicks.  When he re-signed with the team on five-year, $124 million contract, he reiterated that it was because he believed in the team and not for the money.  Now he acknowledges that winning will take some time.

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via Raul Alzaga of PrimeraHora.com:

“I do not expect to win a championship this year. That’s something that takes time and everything has to be in sync, from management to players. We have much work to do, but something that drives me. I know we can start creating the foundation of what we do. It’s the start of a good process, “said Anthony. “Next year we will have enough money to spend within the salary cap. But this year it is important to take the necessary steps towards those who will in the next year. I want to concentrate on building what we want from this year. “

As I’ve said before, next year Amare Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani’s large contracts will come off the books and as Anthony said, the Knicks will have enough money to spend.  They’ll also have a first round draft pick next year in addition to the cap space so there’ll be plenty of moves they can make to improve the team.  They’re also introducing new offensive and defensive schemes with Derek Fisher as the new head coach and under the tutelage of new president Phil Jackson.  So yes it’ll take time before the Knicks are contenders but they’re heading in the right direction.