Over the last three seasons, the New York Knicks have collected a record of 86-160 and have failed to make the postseason on each occassion.
For their franchise player, Carmelo Anthony, that's three years of his prime wasted and he knows it.
The 31-year-old has been very vocal this season about the Knicks hierarchy addressing the team's issues this summer and making them a contender again, and following their 90-102 loss to the Indiana Pacers to close out the season, Anthony has reaffirmed his stance.
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The 12-time All-Star didn't take part in the season finale, but after starting 72 games this season, the former Denver Nuggets man knows the Knicks problems better than most.
Melo wants some clarity regarding the franchise's direction and he feels he needs to have an open dialogue with team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills.
"Just an understanding of kind of a plan, a plan of action of what they're trying to do, what we're trying to do, what we're trying to accomplish here," Anthony said on Tuesday. "I don't really have - I think everybody knows my questions that I have. So it's just a matter of them kind of being transparent with me.
"We talk. We have an open dialogue, an open conversation, about how we all can get better at this situation moving forward, what I can do to kind of help and kind of fill the holes that we need to fill at this point."
Every Knicks player will have an end of season meeting with Jackson and Mills, and perhaps some other executives too. The third pick in the 2003 draft believes it's essential they build on the progress they made this year.
"[The meeting is going] to be open and honest about what's going on, about transparency, how we can make this situation better and what we're going to do to make this situation better," Anthony said. "At the end of the day nobody loves this feeling, nobody wants to lose.
"We work too hard as players to be in this situation right now. Even though we almost doubled our wins from last year. We made some strides in certain areas. But now we got to continue to build on that."
On top of that, Anthony has once again stated his desire to have a voice in free agency and he insists he's been doing his homework.]
"I look at the list [of free agents] every day. Whether it's for me, whether it's for other teams," he said. "I want to see what other guys are thinking about as far as who they want to get to better their team and where we fit in the free-agency market. I look at that stuff. Those are things I pay close attention to."
"I want to be a part of that," he said. "If I'm going to be a part of this organization and the future of this organization, then I want to be a part of the decision-making in some way, shape or form."
With a reported $18m to play with this summer, who can the Knicks secure to turn their fortunes around?
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