New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony lauded his team and rubbished rumours about discontent.
Carmelo Anthony is putting on an 'I Love New York' campaign any candidate running for office could use as a blueprint.
The New York Knicks superstar was full of praise for his team on Tuesday following an off-season rife with rumours and reports that he was sour over the moves made by Phil Jackson and Co. during free agency and the draft.
"Honestly, I thought we did a great job just as far as putting the pieces that we need to put together," Anthony told reporters at Team USA minicamp practice in Las Vegas.
"We didn't get DeAndre [Jordan], we didn't get LaMarcus [Aldridge] and Greg Monroe.
"But [Robin] Lopez is a great addition. Arron Afflalo, I played with him a long time in Denver. [Kyle] O'Quinn is a great pickup; I think guys will like him. He's a big guy, power forward Derrick Williams, we're going to get him right. He seemed focused. And then rookies, KP [Kristaps Porzingis], I had him with me last week working out at my gym. We're just trying to start this thing off right."
There has been speculation about how dedicated Anthony is to a Knicks franchise that has been seemingly rebuilding on and off since the late 1990s.
Much of it this close-season has centred around Anthony's alleged displeasure with the team's selection of Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick in the NBA Draft.
"I never said that s***. Whatever rumours that you guys heard about me or about Phil [Jackson], about Porzingis, about anybody. It's all false," he said.
The 31-year-old had nothing but good things to say about the 20-year-old from Latvia on Tuesday.
"He's a down-to-earth guy, a humble guy," Anthony said. "You can tell that he's got a chip on his shoulder, which I love that... you kind of have to have that being in New York."
In the wake of the Porzingis reports, there had been more talk even yet that it would not be long before Anthony commands his exit from the Big Apple.
Knicks legend and current radio analyst Walt Frazier said last week he thinks Anthony may not be in New York much longer.
Anthony, who is entering the fourth year of a five-year, $124million contract, admitted that all the talk surrounding him has hit a nerve.
"You know [why] I'm bothered about that? Because I haven't said none of that. That's why I'm bothered. It's always speculation," he said.
"I try to use the summer time to myself, get away from the media. Let you guys have your time... but then someway, somehow it always come back to me. I expect that. I don't get mad at that."