In a message that is sure to be soothing to some Knicks fans, Derek Fisher said on Monday that he's confident New York will be back in the playoffs next spring.

"I believe in our guys," Fisher said in Las Vegas after the Knicks’ summer league team practice, according to published reports. "Even if nothing else changes, we’re good enough to be a playoff team in the Eastern Conference, but we have to go out and prove it."

Fisher was speaking publicly for the first time since Carmelo Anthony announced that he’d re-signed with the Knicks. New York doesn't have much financial flexibility to add talent this offseason. But the addition of Anthony alone should help the club return to the postseason.

Last season, the Knicks were riddled by injuries and hampered by chemistry and coaching issues. They limped to a 37-win season and missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.