GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Carmelo Anthony was back in a familiar place Tuesday, playing power forward and responding to some of his harshest critics.
It's officially time for the regular season to start -- and to start the clock on Anthony's future.
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Anthony opens what could be his final season as a Knick Wednesday night when they face the Bucks at Madison Square Garden. He has said he will opt out and be a free agent after the season, but Anthony doesn't sound as if he's going anywhere the way he returned fire at TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, who talked about his ability on the court and inability off it to recruit players to New York.
"They don't know what I'm doing," Anthony said after practice. "I haven't had a complaint yet in my 11 years in this NBA about playing with me. I think people would love to come to play in New York. And when that time comes, we'll be working on that.
"I have a big black book. I have a big Rolodex. People that talk about what's going on with me in the offseason, this and that, I should be getting people to come here, I am. I'm trying."