Despite being bothered by knee issues throughout the season, Anthony played in the All-Star Game and then ended his season after he underwent knee surgery. Jackson added that participating in the game was important to Anthony, but not to the organization, reports ESPNNewYork.com.
Anthony said, "I’ll be ready in June. I’ll probably be ready a little before June, back to my regular program and working out. … The rehab is going extremely well. I feel very positive where I will be about next training camp. I’m actually excited about the progress I’ve made in a short period of time."
The Knicks finished a franchise-worst 17-65 with Anthony missing the second half of the season due to a knee injury.
"As a human being those thoughts definitely come into play," Anthony said, via the Associated Press. "You sit down at night and you're thinking, 'Did I really make the right decision?' Or just things like that. But not often did I think like that."
Anthony added he's no longer having second thoughts about re-signing with the Knicks. His focus now is strengthening the injured left knee that underwent surgery in February.
Anthony said he's expecting to be participating in basketball activities in June.
With the 2014-15 season finished, Anthony is hopeful the Knicks can reverse their fortune next year.
"Nobody expected the season to be like this. We all expected at least to somewhat compete in the Eastern Conference," Anthony said. "At the end of the day this next season, for me and for the organization and for Phil, it's like this is where we earn our money."
Smith also came across as thoughtful in expressing his feelings about a shocking midseason that sent him from New York to Cleveland. But it was his defense of his character that stood out in the long piece.
"There have been unfair rumors that lead people to have misconceptions about me: that I don't care; that I don't take my job seriously; that I'm not committed to my craft," Smith wrote. "It's unfortunate, but people have been saying this about me during my entire career. It obviously bothers me and naturally would bother anyone to feel that people don't take you serious as a person. ... (after getting to know me) someone tells me I am a completely different person than who they perceived me to be."
Smith went on to write that Anthony is a pure scorer who has never had the luxury to play alongside the quality players afforded James or Kobe Bryant, but that he yearns to win as much as the other two. Smith concluded his piece by defending Love, whose numbers have fallen off considerably this year after a trade brought him from Minnesota.
"Forget what anyone says, Kevin Love is the ultimate teammate," Smith wrote. "He isn't the most athletic player out there - actually, Kevin is like that guy you see in a 40-and-up league just killing it because he knows the game better than anyone else out there. Mentally, Love is just in another stratosphere when it comes to understanding basketball. Plus, not only is he an underrated shooter who can knock down shots better than half the guards in the league, he is also the best rebounder I have played with, hands down."
Less than two months removed from undergoing knee surgery,
Anthony was expected to need four-to-six months to recover from the surgery he underwent in February. He hopes to resume basketball activities sometime in June.
The Knicks struggled before and after Anthony's surgery this season, finishing 17-65. Anthony admitted to second guessing his decision to remain with the Knicks, but said he has no regrets. Despite the difficult season, Anthony said he still has faith in Knicks president Phil Jackson.
With the team possessing $25 million in cap space this summer, Anthony said the offseason will be crucial to the future of the Knicks and he is willing to recruit free agents.
"This next season for me and for the organization and for Phil this is where we earn our money," he said.
Anthony added that If the Knicks acquire another All-Star, he'd be willing to be the second option.
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