Carmelo Anthony explains how Derrick Rose will allow him to "enjoy his basketball again"

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NBA media days are usually filled with optimism among many players heading into the new season and their comments are usually of a positive nature before the rigours of the campaign takes its toll.

Occasionally, however, some players have interesting things to say that you will remember as the year progresses. 

In terms of optimism, one of the most intriguing media day venues was in New York as the Knicks began preparations for a season they hope will bring more success than what they've endured in recent years. 

Carmelo Anthony couldn't hide his delight at the team's summer acquisitions and his comments about point guard Derrick Rose will be something to focus on throughout the campaign. 

“I’ve never played alongside a guy like Derrick,” Anthony said. “I’ve played alongside other point guards, different style, different type of point guards. To play alongside an explosive guy like Derrick, someone who can pick the pace up, who can push the pace throughout the course of the game, someone who’s a threat at that position -- I think for me, the only thing that I can do is go out there and play basketball and enjoy playing basketball again and having fun with the game.

"I’m excited. I haven’t felt like this in a long time.”

It's no secret that Melo has been keen to play alongside an elite point guard at Madison Square Garden that can both score and push the pace in order for him to find it easier to play his game. 

With no disrespect to players like Jose Calderon and Raymond Felton, the 32-year-old has never had the luxury of playing with some of the best ball-handlers in the league during his time in New York and he expects the arrival of Rose to benefit him hugely. 

The Knicks' ambitions for the year must be to make the playoffs at the very least, but their success will largely depend on the on-court relationship between Anthony and D.Rose and how they play together.

The duo spent time practicing with one another at the team's training facility during the offseason and Carmelo is impressed with what he's seen so far from the former Chicago Bulls star. 

“He’s extremely focused right now, he’s healthy, he has a different mindset, he has a clear mind and he’s ready to go and try to help us with our goals,” Anthony said.

The Knicks begin their campaign with a tough trip to the reigning champions Cleveland Cavaliers on October 25.

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