“Then last year it went to: I was being pushed out. There were things being said about me that I didn’t know where they were coming from. And I still had to go in that gym and play and practice and deal with the media, answer all those questions every day.” Asked how many times he and Jackson spoke face to face last season, Anthony said, “Maybe twice.” “There was no support from the organization,” he said. “When you feel like you’re on your own and then on top of that you feel like you’re being pushed out …”
As the face of the franchise, Carmelo bore some of the brunt of the Knicks’ failures. Only one playoff series triumph (2013). Four straight years missing the postseason. Constant questions about his contributions and future. “It was tense,” Carmelo said. “Very tense situation. It was challenging from a mental standpoint to try to still go out there and play at a high level. Try to lock everything out. Try to gather the guys on the team. “It made me really understand who I am. How much I can handle as a person, mentally, physically, emotionally. But I got through it. Somehow, some way, I got through it.”