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CARMELO ANTHONY

NEW YORK TIMES

The 31-year-old All-Star forward wants to be a Knick for the rest of his career—though he'd be hard-pressed to match the success (and fun) he had in his one season at Syracuse.

DAN PATRICK:What do you hear people saying when you walk down the street in New York?

CARMELO ANTHONY: "Oh, that's not him." [Laughs.] Or, "You know, you look like Melo!" I get that a lot.

DP:Do people give you advice? Do they criticize you or compliment you?

CA: Yeah, I get all of that. You have some guys who feel like they are the GM or that they are the owner. Then some guys feel like they should be my point guard or they should be my center. Everybody has a crazy opinion here in New York.

DP:I know you won a national title at Syracuse as a freshman [in 2003], but if you could have come out of high school and gone right to the pros, would you have done that?

CA: No.

DP:You weren't ready?

CA: I don't think I was ready. I had the opportunity. But I just always wanted to experience college.

DP:But then when you won the title, you felt you had accomplished enough?

CA: Yes and no. I was actually having so much fun at school. At that time Syracuse was maybe the No. 1 party school in America. [Laughs.]

DP:So you didn't get cheated in your time up there?

CA:[Laughs.] No, I didn't get cheated. I was actually enjoying myself and didn't want to leave. And then [coach Jim] Boeheim brought me into his office and kind of kicked me out. [Laughs.]

DP:He said, You gotta go, it's time?

CA: Yeah. He said, "Your services are no longer needed."

DP:Do you remember what you said at the ESPYs after you won the national title?

CA: Yeah, that I want to thank myself. [Laughs.] You know you get into those situations and you always want to thank everybody else. So sometimes you gotta pat yourself on the back.

DP:If I gave you an hour to teach the triangle offense, could you teach it?

CA: I could teach the basic concept of the actual triangle.

DP:Is it overrated?

CA: No, I don't think it's overrated. It's like any other system.

DP:Are you going to be involved with who will be the next [Knicks] coach?

CA: I hope so.

DP:Has [Knicks president] Phil [Jackson] talked to you about this?

CA: Not yet. We've talked briefly about some things but not [that] yet.

DP:Will you retire as a Knick?

CA: That's my goal.

DP:How much longer is your contract?

CA: I have another couple of years.

DP:And then?

CA: Hopefully I sign another contract. [Laughs.]

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