Carmelo Anthony wants to win now, and doesn’t think the New York Knicks are as far away from that premise as people think.
Anthony decided to re-sign with the Knicks on a five-year deal because of his confidence in team president Phil Jackson, but added, however, that he seriously considered signing with the Chicago Bulls, according to ESPN.
“I was flip-flopping,” Anthony said, via ESPN.com. “It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A., it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago — and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That’s a situation where I could have walked in now to an opportunity to compete for the next however many years.”
Anthony told ESPN that the decision was so tough to make that he didn’t go on the internet or watch television during the final days before the announcement.
“It was overwhelming,” Anthony said. “It was stressful in the final days, one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.”
Anthony, a seven-time NBA All-Star, added that he ultimately chose New York over Chicago because he believes in Jackson and thinks the team can win immediately.
“I don’t think we’re that far away,” Anthony added. “People use ‘rebuilding’ too loosely.”