The Knicks will soon be free to go on an April vacation for the fifth straight year, but Carmelo Anthony is happy to have other plans.
For the first time since 2013, Anthony will be busy playing postseason basketball this month with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“It feels good, man, kind of just to be back in that postseason mindset,” Anthony told The Oklahoman after the Thunder clinched a playoff spot Monday night with a win over the Heat. “Looking forward to not planning vacations. Even though I would love to be with my family, I think they understand that this is very important.”
After four consecutive losing seasons with the Knicks, Carmelo agreed to waive his no trade clause in September 2017 before being dealt to the Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.
Carmelo said one of the reasons he chose the Thunder was so he could compete in the postseason for an NBA championship.
“The decisions of wanting to come here to OKC, this was part of the reason,” Anthony said. “This was part of the bigger picture, that we all wanted to come together and have an opportunity to put a run together.”
The 33-year-old reached the playoffs in each of his first 10 NBA seasons. His eight years with the Denver Nuggets each included a postseason appearance, as did his first three seasons with the Knicks.
His streak came to an end when the Knicks missed the playoffs in the 2013-2014 season. The Knicks have not been back since the 2012-2013 season.
Carmelo has played in 66 playoff games, averaging 25.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He has yet to win an NBA championship and has never reached the NBA Finals in his career.
The furthest Melo has gone is the Western Conference Finals in 2009 when the Nuggets lost in six games to the Lakers.