In theory, yes, every team in the NBA is competing for the championship.
Even the New York Knicks, winners of a franchise-low 17 games last season.
Carmelo Anthony argues that, despite all of the naysayers, his squad is indeed gunning for the Larry O’Brien trophy.
“S—, we’re competing. People might not believe that, but we’re definitely competing for that,” Anthony said after training camp practice on Wednesday. “That’s always going to be the goal. Whether we get there or not depends on us and what we’re doing. That’s always our big-picture goal.”
On Tuesday, the Westgate Las Vegas Sports SuperBook listed the Knicks’ over/under win total at 31.5. New York’s odds for winning a title are 200-1, according to Westgate. […] But second-year coach Derek Fisher believes the Knicks may surprise those who expect them struggle in 2015-16.
“We think that our group, as we figure some things out, will be more competitive than maybe what people think,” Fisher said after the Knicks’ practice Wednesday morning. “Rebuilding doesn’t necessarily mean we’re not trying to win right now.” […] “That’s just me,” Anthony said. “It’s hard for me to kind of lose my patience and get upset at something you pretty much can’t control. The only thing I can control is what goes on out there on the basketball court. Everything else is out of my control.”