For the fourth straight season, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will likely be watching the playoffs from home.

During that stretch, Anthony has watched his good friends LeBron James and Chris Paul make the playoffs each season -- and in James' case, win a championship. Another buddy, Dwyane Wade, has been to the playoffs twice since Melo last played in the postseason.

When asked if his peer group's achievements make him feel like he's missing out, Anthony said he doesn't need to compare himself to his pals to yearn for playoff competition.

"No, not even that," Anthony said at shootaround Monday, ahead of the Knicks' matchup with Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. "Not even because of that point that you just made. I think it's more for kind of just me, and the competitor that I am, the person that I am. I want to be there. I don't have to look at someone else's situation and say, 'Oh, I miss that, or I want that, or I need that.'"

The Knicks are 27-42 and 6½ games out of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, essentially eliminating them from the postseason this late in the season. Anthony, 32, says he has been forced to reflect on his future with the Knicks, including whether he can ever win in New York.