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Carmelo Anthony confirms Phil Jackson “will be coming on board” with Knicks

Mar 12, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT

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It’s the NBA — you keep your star players in the loop, you consult with them on big moves, if for no other reason then to make them feel wanted. Elite talent is in limited supply in the NBA, you need to keep those guys happy.

So it was only a matter of time before the Knicks management talked to Carmelo Anthony about bringing in Phil Jackson as team president/consultant/overlord (not quite sure how you define his role). Anthony confirmed that Jackson is coming on board, as quoted by the New York Daily News on Wednesday.

“I still don’t have a lot of the details, all the details. Have I heard? Yeah, I heard he will be coming on board, not official yet,” Anthony said. “You can always use Phil Jackson inside an organization, his philosophy, his mindset, his resume, what he brings to a team, what he brings to an organization. That goes without even saying, so we’ll see how that plays out.

“You can’t take for granted what he knows about the game of basketball, whether he’s on the sideline or in the front office. I’m sure he will try to his best to do what he has to do to try to build a championship team. He knows how to put guys together, put a team together. We’ll see what happens, but I haven’t talked to him, haven’t talked to anyone about the front office about their plans or anything like that.”

Does this help Carmelo Anthony stay with the Knicks? Can’t hurt, although ‘Melo seemed to shrug at the impact.

There are a lot of questions about Jackson to New York. A lot of hard ones. Exactly what is the power structure? Because you know Jackson isn’t flying around the country to scout college players or getting into the details of the salary cap holds — he wants to provide the vision, have others execute the details. Does he have guys around him he can trust to do that well? Is Steve Kerr the next coach of the Knicks? Can Jackson follow the Knicks credo of never speaking to media (and by proxy fans)? And of course the big one, what happens when James Dolan sticks his nose in the middle of all of it? Because he will.

This Jackson with the Knicks era will ultimately end poorly with Jackson writing another book. Because nothing ends well with Dolan and the Knicks.

But if he has success before it all goes bad will depend on just how good he actually is at this job (we don’t know), the people around him helping, and if Dolan will stay out of the way.

  1. aboogy123456 - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    I think this is a smart move by the knicks in regards to the Melo situaion. Melo told them he wants to see a plan for the future is he is to stay, and for a team with no draft pick this summer, no cap space, and no talent currently on the roster, this is a great way for them to show that they have a plan.

    • antistratfordian - Mar 12, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      It’s a smart move by the Knicks in regards to any situation.

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Mar 12, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Maybe he is showing respect for Woodson but does anyone think Melo should be a little bit more excited?

      • aboogy123456 - Mar 12, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        It’s weird but I think if he showed a lot of excitement then he’d be giving it away that he wants to stay with the knicks. If he wants to leave, then it wouldn’t look good to be so excited about this move right now. If he is planning to stay, he probably wants them to court him and show him a more concrete future plan than simply hiring phil. I’m just guessing, of course.

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Mar 12, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Good point

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 12, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        Melo is NOT excited because he knows that the team won’t be good for yrs yet and he is NOT getting any younger.

        Even WITHOUT Melo on the team next season, the Knicks are OVER the salary cap.

        Then, after next season, when Stat and Barg come off the books, they will have some money to spend.

        But they still don’t have many draft picks because they traded so many away.

        It will take a good three yrs (2014 and 2015 seasons won’t be great, playoffs yes but they will not be a realistic title contender) before they could contend and it just might take 4 yrs.

        So, Melo KNOWS it will be the 2016 season at the earliest or maybe the 2017 season before they’re ready to contend.

        Even Phil can’t change their salary cap situation and lack of draft picks.

        Melo will be 31 next season, 32 in 2015 and 33 in 2016. The 2016 season will be his 14th season in the NBA.

        Melo wants to win yesterday and he is NOT excited because he knows the situation and that Phil can’t change it fast enough as Melo is already on the wrong side of 30.

        Dolan’s mishandling of things for the past 15 yrs will extend into the next couple of years too even with Phil.

        THAT is NOT Phil’s fault or Melo’s fault.

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Sportsfan18 incredible paragraphing and spacing of your post. I would suggest checking the Knicks salary online before making a statement that is grossly incorrect. On top of that Melo will have a longer career then most players because his game is not based on attacking the rim. Players who evolve at 30 always have a longer career.

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:52 AM

        new york fan

        there are many articles talking about the Knicks salary cap situation and what I said. here are some…

        This from International Business Times

        “Anthony has stated that he wants to retire as a Knick, and New York is the favorite to re-sign him. However, if winning a championship is his No.1 goal, the Knicks could be in trouble. In a weak conference, the team is on the outside looking in at the playoffs. Even in an offseason that will feature the best free agent class the league has ever seen, New York doesn’t have much room for improvement.

        With or without Anthony, the Knicks won’t be under the salary cap this summer. The only way for the team to add an impact player would be to make a trade. However, the Knicks are lacking in assets that could net them a player who could make a big impact. Shumpert’s value continues to decrease as he suffers injuries and fails to perform. Tim Hardaway Jr. has shown promise, but the Knicks would rather not trade him. New York can’t even trade their 2015 first-round draft pick, since they’ve already dealt their 2016 pick, and NBA teams aren’t allowed to trade first-round picks in consecutive years.”

        And this from ESPN

        “If Melo walks, Knicks don’t have the room to replace him
        If the Knicks don’t move Anthony before the deadline, they risk losing him this offseason for nothing. And even if Carmelo leaves, they would still likely be over the projected salary cap of $62.9M in 2014-15.”

        This is from CBS sports

        “However, Melo taking less doesn’t help in the immediate future. The Knicks have potentially about $70 million committed next season without Anthony, assuming Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani don’t opt out of their contracts. Even if Melo took a highly discounted deal like the veteran minimum, the Knicks would still be well over the salary cap.”


        “New York will be over the cap in 2014 thanks to the giant expiring deals of Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani, and that’s even without Anthony’s deal altogether. Anthony taking less money won’t create any more flexibility for next season.”

        So, I’ve just listed 4 (FOUR) different news organizations, 3 sports websites (this one, probasketballtalk, ESPN, CBS and a non-sports site). They ALL say the Knicks will be over the cap without Melo next year.

        There ARE several other articles I could show too. See, I DID look and read these BEFORE posting what I did.

        AND, from HoopsHype, here is a breakout of the Knicks salaries for this yr, 2014, 2015, and it goes out through the 2018/19 season.

        IT SHOWS the KNICKS to be WELL OVER the cap WITHOUT Melo’s salary at all.

        Grossly incorrect?


  2. davidly - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    HEADLINE CORRECTION: Carmelo Anthony confirms that he heard Phil Jackson will be coming on board. Big diff.

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Mar 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Was thinking the same thing. Anything for the clicks

  3. sportsfan18 - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    IF the Knicks want to go forward and become good as fast as possible, they need to let Carmelo “I’m never going to win a ring” Anthony go after this season…

    Then, when Stat and Bargs come off the books after next year, they may begin the climb back up (as they still will be without several draft picks).

    • antistratfordian - Mar 12, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Phil Jackson is a miracle worker – he can find a way with Melo.

      • kinggw - Mar 12, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        What miracles has Jackson worked? What crappy teams has he turned around?

      • antistratfordian - Mar 12, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        He won a ring with a team built around Kobe Bryant.

      • marcusfitzhugh - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        @kinggw –
        Gee I don’t know, how about going to the Finals 4 out of the first 5 years with the Lakers? How about the 2003/2004 season he goes to the Finals with the Lakers, in 2004/2005 Rudy T takes over and the Lakers miss the playoffs? How about having the highest winning percentage of ANY NBA coach? How about 11 rings as a coach?

      • stayhigh_247 - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        correction, Tex Winters was the miracle worker, Phil had Mike, Scottie, Kobe & Shaq all in their primes! Not taking anything away from Phil, but this is a totally different situation.

      • antistratfordian - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        Tex was on Chicago before Phil Jackson even got there – and what was he doing then? There is no Tex without Phil.

    • cruzan80 - Mar 12, 2014 at 3:39 PM


      The Bulls two biggest players & most of their SMART fans hope that’s exactly what the Knicks do…..

  4. csbanter - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    The average Knick fan could care less about what role Phil takes, we just want someone to bring in good players. June basketball should not be limited to the Spurs,Heat and Thunder.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      Best comment today.

  5. romestar82 - Mar 12, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    1st and only thing: Melo is not NOT ELITE

    • calkinsrob - Mar 12, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      there are very few players that can score as easy as melo can. future hall of famer whether you like him or not.

      • lj312chicago - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        Actually there’s only one player in the NBA that can score like him and his name is Kevin Durant. Melo isn’t as bad at defense as everyone makes him out to be either and it doesn’t help when the entire team…chandler a lot of the season included…doesn’t play defense……and he leads all SF in rebounding…LBJ plays the 2 also and so does KD so….

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Worst comment today.

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:17 PM


  6. lj312chicago - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Melo’s checked out of New York already. He’s done with the Knicks and the Knicks might just well be done with him.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:18 PM


  7. coats2m - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Hate to burst everyone’s bubble, but Phil is only coming on to help facilitate Melo joining the Lakers.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Your bubble’s gonna burst when he blows off L.A.

  8. pukpokito - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Phil will bring credibility to the Knicks(withhis badge of achievements and him as a former Knick etc,) the moment he steps in.What happens next is something I am very intrigued with.The Knicks cap situation is not easy as we know but it’s something that is not unsolvable at season’s end. If I am not mistaken, amar’e’s deal will have 1 year left (next season being it).That is always an asset teams would want. I know that I saw somewhere that before any talks of Kevin Love going to the Lakers rumors happened that K.Love wanted to join the Knicks also.So that could be a tug of war between the Lakers and Knicks.This draft is deep and not like last year.which brings me to my next point, if the Knicks were able to find the now serviceable Tim Hardaway, maybe they can find another this draft. Carmelo, Hardaway, Chandler, Love, a draft pick that can help and Phil will look like he is doing a good job again……Anything is possible. WIth Phil coming in at least there is a hope and a lifeline. How? no idea.Intrigued like I wrote.

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