The New York Knicks are struggling still and have been for several years now. Something needs to change in the Big Apple.
With reports circling in New York that Carmelo Anthony is starting to get restless at Madison Square Garden - which Melo has denied citing his decision to re-sign with the Knicks when he was a free agent - it is very apparent that the Knicks have to improve.
One way they can do that is through free agency, where Anthony seems desperate for the Knicks to open up their chequebooks and land some big name players in.
Speaking to Ian Begley of ESPN, Carmelo said that Phil Jackson and co. have to do all they can to improve this current Knicks team.
"It's in their court," Anthony said. "The ball is in their court. They have an opportunity, we have an opportunity to do something this offseason. We gotta do something. It's there."
The Knicks' franchise player went on to add that he had a positive conversation with team president Jackson recently, with the two speaking about the direction the team was headed.
"I got some answers that I was looking for, and I'll leave it at that," Anthony said.
"I thought it was good timing for us to sit down and talk ... I won't go into the details ... but it was just good for me to get it out there, talk about it, get his response, get his feedback and that was that."
What those answers were remains to be seen, but, for the sake of Knicks fans everywhere, let's hope it was positive and set the wheels in motion for the famous franchise to get back to where they once were.
The talk about Melo's future with the Knicks hasn't gone unnoticed by those in power at the franchise, however. Jackson spoke to the media on Friday in Los Angeles, and told reporters that any potential Anthony trade decision the team makes hangs on the player himself and what he wants to do.
"That's entirely up to Carmelo," Jackson said, referring to the no-trade clause built into the former Denver Nuggets man's contract, which has three years left on it. "That's in his lap."
Whatever happens, the New York Knicks need to show some real ambition in this offseason to finally bring in the caliber of players needed to get the team back to the playoffs. Three years of no post-season basketball is not acceptable in New York, letting that become four could see Carmelo Anthony finally leave.