As he spoke to reporters on Wednesday, Anthony said he felt “at peace” these days as the memories and controversies of another bad season faded away.
“I’ve been good,” he said. “I’ve been away from the fray; you haven’t heard any comments from me. I’m growing my hair out right now, spending time with the family. I’m being an A.A.U. dad right now.’’
Anthony also offered a low-key response when asked about the decision of the team’s owner, James L. Dolan, to dismiss Jackson after three years on the job.
“I thought it was a business decision,” Anthony said. “Dolan’s got to run his organization.”
Anthony also demurred when asked if he expected to be at the Knicks’ training camp when it opens in September.
“I don’t know, I don’t know,” he said.
Anthony said he does know the Knicks’ new general manager, Scott Perry. The relationship dates to the days when Anthony was a top prospect out of Syracuse in the loaded 2003 N.B.A. draft.
“I’m pretty sure I’ll get to speak to him when I have time,” Anthony said of Perry, before pivoting to the woman to his right, who happened to be the mayor. “But you’ve got to ask the mayor some questions.”
Pugh could not avoid the topic of Anthony’s future, either. After one enthusiastic answer about the city’s economic prospects, a reporter asked, “Mayor, do you think he’ll be a Knick come the next season?”
“I think he’ll be whatever he wants to be, because that’s the kind of man he is,” she replied. “When you think about how these young people out here get excited, fans get excited when they see Carmelo Anthony play. So let me just send a message: Carmelo Anthony rocks.”
The questions shifted back to Anthony, who was asked how his last year had gone.
“An emotional roller coaster,” Anthony said. “But I had to find peace at it, come to peace with myself, come to peace with the situation I’m in, kind of try to find happiness again. I kind of lost that a little bit, but I’m finding it now, and it feels good.”
Kristaps Porzingis had seemed somewhat estranged from the Knicks since he skipped his exit meeting with the front office at the end of last season, but in an interview with NBA.com he said that his journey in New York was only beginning and that he hoped to stay with the Knicks for his whole career. “So as a city, we can have some fun and win some games and do something big,” he said….