Carmelo Anthony entered this season believing the Knicks could at least repeat as the Eastern Conference’s second seed. But after all the turmoil and losing, Anthony now says if the Knicks can somehow beat the odds and sneak into the playoffs as the eighth seed, it could wipe out a lot of the bitterness of 2013-14.

While some teammates may be more ambivalent, nobody is pushing the Knicks harder to make the postseason than Anthony.

Anthony has got a vested interest on many levels: 1) He has never missed the playoffs in his prior 10 seasons. 2) It will give him hope that perhaps the club isn’t so far away as he mulls free agency. 3) A postseason berth will prevent his former team, Denver, from picking in the lottery in this draft — the last piece to the blockbuster trade that brought Anthony to New York.

Asked if his view on the campaign would change if the Knicks made the playoffs, Anthony said, “Absolutely. Nobody really looks at the regular season. It’s over with. Everybody starts 0-0. Our goal is to get there.’’

If they get there, the Knicks will have a sub-.500 record. Even if they run the table in the final 10 games, the Knicks would finish 40-42.

“I’ve never had a losing record before,’’ Anthony said. “This year has been a very challenging year mentally, emotionally for me. I still find ways to remain positive throughout the situation and try to win basketball games. Through the whole season, we still have a chance to get in the postseason.’’
Anthony said new president Phil Jackson gave him a bit of a pep talk at the team’s morning shootaround at Staples Center before the Knicks faced the Lakers Tuesday, but their brief chat wasn’t related to his future. While Jackson has seemed nonplussed on whether the Knicks get in or not, he prodded Anthony.