Carmelo Anthony says the Knicks have to take advantage of his prime

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It seems you can't check the news these days without there being rumours regarding Carmelo Anthony's future, or a latest insistence that the New York Knicks franchise player won't tolerate another losing season.

The small forward has had plenty to say on both fronts, but, by in large, his words have seemed encouraging to the fans in the Big Apple.

The Knicks missed out on the playoffs for the third year in a row this term and despite an improvement from the franchise-worst season the year prior, the most lucrative franchise in the NBA isn't competing like it should be.

Following some "very honest" discussions between Anthony and the Knicks front office during their season-ending exit meetings on Thursday, the 31-year-old star has made it clear he feels the organisation needs to take advantage his qualities in his prime.

"I think that's the main question," Anthony, 31, said. "How can we take advantage of this window? How can we take advantage of this situation that we have in front of us?"

The nine-time All-Star thinks Phil Jackson might want to consider expanding his search beyond players who could fit his fabled triangle offence and acquiring some solid hands at Madison Square Garden.

"I don't think guys want to kind of be re-educated on kind of, the system, and how to play the game of basketball and be in a position that they might not be comfortable and confident in," Anthony said."So I think it's a fine line between going after guys who you feel can actually fit in the system and going after guys who can just play basketball and know how to play the game of basketball."

Melo also insisted the Knicks need to re-evaluate their goals what they define as successful, as the past three campaigns simply will not do.

"What is successful for us as the New York Knicks?" he said. "I think that is kind of the question that we have to ask ourselves as a whole organisation.... Getting back and being in the postseason, that's success for me. And not just sliding in and barely getting into the eighth seed. That is not success for me. Being in there, having some type of prominence, having a chance to compete to the next round and move further, that is success for me."

Despite the struggles in New York since his arrival as team president in 2014, Jackson has suggested he will not be losing faith in his system anytime soon. During the interview process for their next coach, that appears a top priority of his.

"People I probably know will be in the interview process," Jackson said. "I will reach out to make connections to some people. But I've been in this position, in the NBA, over 50 years. And I've seen a lot of situations where coaches end up coming in without simpatico with the general manager, and those things don't work well. So someone who has compatibility with what I do as a leader would have to be in sync with what we do."

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