Carmelo Anthony tried to put a positive spin on the New York Knicks future after the Knicks were ousted from the 2012 NBA Playoffs Wednesday night by the Miami Heat, four games to one. "Next year we'll be better," Anthony said.
"I feel confident in my team and where we're headed," Anthony said during his post-game press conference. "In the future I feel good about competing with the top teams in the Eastern Conference. I do consider our team being up there, top three, top four teams in the East. We've gotta get better."
"Next year we'll be better. We'll be much better," Anthony said. "We'll learn from this and come back next year and be ready."
As far as center Tyson Chandler is concerned, the Knicks had better be.
"I'm personally very disappointed," Chandler said after the Knicks' 106-94 loss to the Heat on Wednesday. "... It's unacceptable to me. I didn't come here to lose in the first round and I don't plan on doing this in the future."
The Knicks face an offseason filled with questions. Chief among those questions will be whether interim head coach Mike Woodson is retained. The Knicks also must figure out whether or not to keep the troika of Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin together.
Stoudemire and Anthony seemed to have difficulty sharing the court, and the ball. There are questions about an offense that seemed to simply become throw Anthony the ball and get out of the way as the season progressed. Lin can be a free agent and, as popular as he is, there are questions about how the Knicks can keep him. If Woodson is the coach there are also questions about whether Lin is Woodson's cup of tea as a point guard.
There are questions about the futures of many of the Knicks' role players, including J.R. Smith. The offseason certainly promises its share of intrigue for the Knicks.