New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) dribbles the ball around Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) in the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony called on supporters to be more patient with the struggling New York Knicks.

The Derek Fisher-led ball club is at the bottom of the standings in the Eastern Conference despite starting out the season with a respectable lineup. They have, however, recently given up hard-nosed wingman Iman Shumpert, and scorer JR Smith to free up cap space that might help them lure top free agents when this term ends.

"I know there's a lot of fans out there that's kind of upset or kind of down on the team, kind of down on the players right now, kind of down on the situation," Anthony told ESPN.

"But I will say that it [gets] greater later, just be patient with the team, with the organization, with the journey, with the plan, with what we're trying to create, what we're trying to accomplish."

"Greatness don't happen overnight, and that's something that we're trying to build here."

Despite suggestions that the former Syracuse Orangeman is already giving up on the current campaign, he categorically stated otherwise.

"I'm all right," he added.

"I'm not shutting it down for the season yet. I'm just trying to take some time to get it right."

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