Carmelo Anthony says 'I feel like myself again' as training camp looms

NEW YORK -- New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony says his surgically repaired left knee is fully healthy heading into training camp.

"I'm back. I'm there, I'm back. I feel like myself again," Anthony said on Sunday at his youth basketball camp at Baruch College in Manhattan. "Mentally, physically I feel great. So I'm just ready to go."

Anthony had surgery to repair a patella injury in his left knee in late February. He has no medical restriction on his knee heading into training camp, which begins Tuesday at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

"I feel like I'm ready to go. I feel like I felt before I even had the injury," he said. "Physically I feel great, mentally I feel great. I'm just ready to get out there and get this thing going. I've been waiting for this since February."

Anthony reiterated on Sunday that he's "excited" about the Knicks' offseason additions while acknowledging that the team didn't land the stars it coveted.

"I liked the moves that we made," he said. "Was it the stars that we wanted to go after and go get? No. But the pieces that we got, I'm really intrigued at what we did and where we can go with this team."

The Knicks finished last season with a franchise-low 17 wins. Anthony played in a career-low 40 games before undergoing surgery shortly after the All Star Game.

New York didn't land any top-tier free agents in the offseason, signing Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Kevin Seraphin and Kyle O'Quinn, among others.

Team president Phil Jackson also added 7-1 big man Kristaps Porzingis and point guard Jerian Grant via the NBA draft.

Anthony, 31, spent time working out one-on-one with Porzingis over the summer and more recently scrimmaging with his teammates at the Knicks practice facility.

"I've been with them since August just off and on -- working out, little minicamps here and there," he said. "Playing at my gym in Terminal 23. So I'm excited about kind of what's going on and what's gonna happen. ... For guys first starting to come together over the past month, month and a half, it feels like we've been together for a long time. And that's a great feeling."

Anthony said it's been a "long" offseason for him. He was bothered by reports, including one from ESPN.com, that he wasn't happy with the team's decision to draft Porzingis. Other reports stated that he wasn't happy with the direction of the team.

He has since denied both theories.

Now, the 13-year veteran is looking forward to getting back on the court.

"I'm just glad I can be in the position I'm in right now and just be back," he said. "... I've been looking forward to this moment for a long time. Just can't wait to get it going."