New York Knicks legend Walt "Clyde" Frazier said he believes that current Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony is disappointed with the franchise’s moves during the summer. Frazier, who played for the Big Apple franchise (1967-77) and is now a commentator calling Knicks' games, shared his thoughts about "Melo" and the Knicks in an ESPN interview.
“I'm sure Melo wasn't happy. His future is now. You know, he’s not getting younger. This is going to be a pivotal season for him to see really how he fits into the Knick plans and how this is going to go from here,” Frazier said. “Will he ask out, you know what I mean, if he sees that this is not happening? Because right now the Knicks, [it's] going to be tough to make the playoffs. They are a few years away and Melo knows that his days are numbered, so stay tuned.”
In the same interview, Frazier admitted the Knicks did their best in the offseason but their moves were limited, especially in acquiring an NBA superstar. “I think $30 million obviously doesn't get you what it used to. So I think they did the best they could with the hand they were dealt,” Frazier said.
The Knicks drafted Kristaps Porzingis as the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. While potentially a huge talent, the 20-year-old Latvian big man is not expected to be a major contributor in his first few seasons in the league. The 31-year-old Anthony will be entering his 13th NBA season.
Aside from the Knicks’ offseason moves and the situation with Anthony, Frazier also said the team has to be versatile enough to move away from Phil Jackson's “triangle offense” for head coach Derek Fisher to be successful in the next few seasons.
The Knicks acquired some new pieces in the offseason including centers Robin Lopez and Lou Amundson, power forward Derrick Williams and shooter Arron Afflalo.