The Atlanta Hawks win over the Miami Heat on Saturday means the New York Knicks are out of the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.
Carmelo Anthony will miss the postseason for the first time in his 11 seasons as a pro.
The Knicks failure to make the playoffs means that their 2014 first-round pick will be in the lottery. But that pick will go to Denver as part of the 2011 trade for Anthony.
The Knicks will now try to re-sign Anthony if and when he opts out of his contract on July 1. The Knicks can offer Anthony the most money, but on Friday, Anthony seemed intrigued by the Chicago Bulls and coach Tom Thibodeau.
“Thibs is a great coach, his system kind of reminds me of Gregg Popovich’s system,” Anthony said, via the New York Daily News.
“You put anybody in that system and it’s going to work. That’s what they’ve been doing. They’ve had guys sitting out all season long, guys that’s been in and out of the lineups and they seem to get it done.”
Anthony considered joining the Bulls before forcing a trade to New York. But after a four-year career with the Knicks, playing with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Thibodeau might be too hard to pass up again.
“What is it like to play for Thibs?” Anthony asked.
The Knicks host the Bulls (47-32) at the Garden on Sunday.