“This is something I didn’t see coming, [that] nobody saw coming,” Anthony said. “So you have to continue to put your trust into Phil. At this point, what could you do? Can’t shy away from that. Can’t go against it. So for me, it’s continue. I have to trust in it. I decided to stay here. I decided to make that decision to trust in the Knicks and trust in Phil. I have to continue doing that.”
Fisher was fired on Monday following a 23-31 start in his second season with the Knicks. He was replaced on an interim basis by Kurt Rambis. Rambis is the fourth Knicks coach Anthony has played for in his five seasons in New York.
Anthony said on Tuesday that he has become “immune” to the constant changes in New York and is committed to remaining with the organization. He has three years remaining on his contract, which includes a no-trade clause.
“Yeah, I mean, I done been through worse. I done been through worse,” Anthony said. “At this point, you become kind of immune to all the B.S. that goes on and the politics. You become immune to that. So my goal is to continue playing basketball, focus on the group of guys that I have in there and leave that faith to management, to the front office.”
Anthony said he “respected” Fisher for taking on the challenge of coaching the Knicks as a first-year coach directly after retiring as a player.
“It was a new experience for him,” Anthony said. “I’m pretty sure, me knowing him, he will learn from this experience and he will be on somebody else’s sideline pretty soon, if that’s what he wants.”
Anthony added that he was “surprised” over Fisher’s firing. Fisher released a statement on Tuesday in which he expressed gratitude to Jackson and ownership for the opportunity to coach in New York.
“This is a very talented team with strong character, and I am confident that they can succeed,” Fisher said. “Obviously, I’m disappointed but have learned an immense amount from this and hope to grow from it.”
Rambis has differed from Fisher in one key area thus far: his expectations for the club.
Rambis has said several times over the past two days that his goal is to lead the Knicks into the playoffs. Fisher caused a bit of a stir among the Knicks’ fan base when he said late last month that he wouldn’t be disappointed if the team didn’t make the playoffs.
Anthony said Tuesday he was on board with Rambis’ goal.
“Yeah, I don’t think that’s even a question for me as far as playoffs,” Anthony said. “My goal every season is to try to get to the playoffs and try to win a championship, so I think Kurt is spot-on when he says that. That should be our goal as a team. It was our goal. It should be our goal now, remain our goal.”
The Knicks had lost nine of 10 games entering Tuesday’s home contest against the Washington Wizards, who spoiled Rambis’ Knicks debut by handing them another loss, 111-108. The club is five games behind the Detroit Pistons for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
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