Carmelo Anthony.

Phil Jackson says Carmelo Anthony has been a major part of their roster rebuild

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Carmelo Anthony made no bones about his stance on the Knicks towards the end of last season: he was tired of losing and wanted to become a viable playoff team once more.

He pleaded with the New York hierarchy to acquire a point guard in free agency and even sounded out Rajon Rondo as a potential target.

However, Knicks president Phil Jackson went one better. Point guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant departed Madison Square Garden as the youngest MVP in NBA history, Derrick Rose, traded the Windy City for the Big Apple in the blockbuster trade of the summer.

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The Knicks have made no secrets of their desires to see Joakim Noah, Eric Gordon and even Kevin Durant end up in the city that never sleeps. Jackson has credited his franchise star Anthony with playing a big part in rebuilding the Knicks from the team that has taken a three-year sabbatical from the postseason.

“I think Carmelo’s been very active, he’s been very aggressive, he’s checked in, given us information,” Jackson said. “He’s been very much a partner in what we’re trying to do.”

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Melo had pined for as much towards the end of last season. He publicly stated he wanted to get involved in negotiations and help them attract the players they hadn't been able to in the past few years.

There's little doubt the trade of Rose has turned heads to the east again, and with Anthony so hellbent on contending once more, the Knicks are the team to watch right now.

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