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Friday, April 19, 2013
Carmelo: This is my best shot

By Ian Begley

Carmelo Anthony can't predict the future.

But he's pretty satisfied with the present. And Anthony believes his current Knicks team gives him the best chance he's ever had to win a championship.

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Can Carmelo Anthony and these Knicks win a title? We're about to find out.
"As of right now, it is. I really don’t know what’s going to happen the next 8-10 years or something. As of right now, I feel like as though we have, that I have right now, we have a shot to do something special," Anthony said Thursday.

Anthony's past playoff résumé has plenty of holes. He led the Nuggets to the Western Conference finals in 2009, but has failed to get out of the first round in eight other trips to the postseason. He's also won just 31.5 percent of his playoff games, the lowest winning percentage among players with a regular-season scoring average of at least 20 points, according to the Elias Sports Bureau

But Anthony insisted on Thursday that he views each postseason as a clean slate. So he's not carrying any of his struggles in years past into the Knicks' first-round series against the Celtics.

"Each year is a new year. I get to start all over each year," the 10-year vet said. "This year we had injuries. Things we had to deal with, we dealt with. We got over that hump. It seems like now everybody seems to be healthy -- coming back on the court, coming back ready for playoffs. It seems like we’re starting off with a clean plate right now."

Anthony led the league in scoring for the first time in his career this season, and led the Knicks to their first division title in 19 years. But those accolades won't mean anything once he takes the court on Saturday afternoon for Game 1.

"Everything that we accomplished in the regular season pretty much don’t matter at this point as far as locking in the two seed ... individual accolades. It doesn’t matter right now," Anthony said.

He added: "Right now we want to continue playing the way we’ve been playing. We don’t want to try and change too much. For the most part we’ve been playing good basketball. We want to keep that going."

QUESTION: Do you think Carmelo can lead the Knicks on a deep playoff run this year, or will his postseason struggles continue?

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