“It’s been a long season, but a short season at the same time,” Anthony said when asked to reflect on the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.
He added: “For us to end the season on a good note, going into the playoffs, we want to build off that,” he added.
With all eyes on the Knicks’ future, Anthony and Allan Houston, the Knicks assistant general manager, declined to speculate on specifics.
“I think that’s why I’m not the G.M.,” Anthony said. “I can’t really pinpoint one thing. I think where we started at and what we’ve created with myself, Amar’e and Tyson, we want to build around that,” referring to Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.
Anthony said he would help the team recruit, “When I have to.”
He added: “When the front office asks me to call somebody, I’ll give them a shout. If I feel that somebody can help us, I’ll give him a shout. But until then, we’ll see what happens with that.”
Anthony and the Knicks might have to recruit more players than they would like. If a decision regarding the Bird rights of players claimed off waivers does not go the way of the N.B.A. players union, the Knicks will not retain those rights for Steve Novak and Jeremy Lin, both claimed off waivers before last season. The Knicks also will not be able to exceed the salary cap in order to re-sign them.
“Whether they go to the court and it get uplifted or whatever; we just want to sign the guys back and then go from there,” Anthony said.
Whoever the Knicks have in training camp, Anthony said he would just be happy to have a full camp with the recently re-signed coach Mike Woodson.
“That’s big,” Anthony said. “I think coming into camp if you can have a group of guys that’s known for playing with each other, that’s been around guys, been around each other for a long period of time, you start building from there, you start getting used to each other.”
After taking two weeks off to heal his body, Anthony will head to Las Vegas for Team USA training camp, beginning July 6 in preparation for the London Games that start at the end of July.
“I look forward to that just from the simple fact that it takes away time that I can sit home and keep reflecting on the past season,” he said. “I don’t want to think about that. I’m trying to move on from that, trying to get better for next season. The Olympics, it will ease my pain a little bit.”