He was paid $124 million over five years to return to New York, more money annually and overall than any other team could have offered him.
But Anthony said on Thursday that the potential of winning a title with the Knicks, a franchise that hasn't won in 40 seasons, also played a role in his decision to come back to New York.
"Yeah, it wouldn't have been the same, I don't think. I don't think it would've been the same, me going somewhere else and winning the championship rather than trying and hopefully one day, God willing, [winning] one here," Anthony said at an event in which his foundation donated school supplies to 250 New York City teachers. "I don't think there will be no better feeling than winning one here and the impact that I will have not just from a basketball standpoint but from a overall standpoint with everything. I don't think there will be a bigger impact than that."
Anthony was courted by the Chicago Bulls this offseason, and has admitted he may have had a better chance to win a title if he'd signed elsewhere. Instead, he re-signed with the Knicks -- a team that no one thinks will compete for a title this season.
In fact, SCHOENE, the predictive formula that correctly pegged the Knicks for 37 wins last season, predicted that they will win just 32 games this campaign.
Anthony, though, thinks that New York will make the playoffs this season.
"I still believe that," he said. "If I sat here and told you [it] wasn't going to be a playoff team, that would be the biggest story. So it's kind of a lose-lose situation with that. But I still believe that and I'm going to continue believing it."
While a title may not be in the Knicks' immediate future, the organization hopes to be able to add another star player in free agency in the summer of 2015 or 2016 and build a team that can contend.
Asked if he allows himself to think about the possibility of winning a championship, Anthony said, "I dream."
"I have my moments, I dream," he said. "Sometimes that dream is very clear. And sometimes it's cloudy. But that's just how life goes. I'm just taking it one day at a time until that time comes."
Giving back to students: For the second straight year, Anthony donated school supplies to New York City teachers. On Thursday, he donated school supplies to 250 of them. The supplies will impact approximately 4,000 students.
Anthony said he was looking for a way to help students through his foundation.
"What's the easiest way to get to a kid? A school, a teacher. So that was an easy initiative for me to be apart of," Anthony said. "I knew if I could help the teachers, get them the supplies that they need. It's the little things that they need. ... Stuff that people might take for granted, those things might change people's lives."
Anthony hoped that his donation would ease the burden on teachers.
"There's a lot of times the kids come to school and they don't have notebooks, they don't have pens, they don't have pencils. They don't have the outreach for that," he said. "Sometimes the teachers have to go in their own pockets an spend their own money, and that's taking away from them. A lot of times teachers can be overlooked and overshadowed, so I want to make it as smooth as possible. Make it easy and give them what they need."
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