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Carmelo Anthony told Phil Jackson will join the Knicks, says it couldn’t hurt

Mar 12, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

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Phil Jackson has agreed to join the New York Knicks, and Carmelo Anthony had nothing to do with it.

That’s what the latest reports said, and now Melo backs that up on the record.

Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal

With three and a half months until Melo hits free agency, there’s still a chance for Jackson to develop a relationship with the Knicks star. But – although he respects Jackson, as anyone around the NBA would – Melo doesn’t seem terribly enthused by this move.

It seems James Dolan is the only one starstruck by Jackson.

If Jackson is going to keep Melo – or fix the Knicks some other way – it will take hard work and savvy decision-making. Maybe Jackson is up to the task, but with no front-office experience, it’s difficult to predict he is. Coaching skills don’t necessarily translate to management skills.

There is no magic wand that can solve all New York’s problems, including how to handle Melo this summer. Melo isn’t expecting there to be one.

Are the Knicks?

  1. mogogo1 - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Hard to believe you’d hire Phil Jackson to run the team without knowing right then what the strategy would be concerning Melo. Either Phil tells them during the interview Melo’s worth keeping or he says to let him go. And that would be the same no matter who they were hiring to run the team. If there seems to be any uncertainty on the Knicks part regarding re-signing Melo that can only mean there is an internal struggle over what to do and that would be a very bad sign.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      It WOULD be hard for all other owners and front offices… BUT this is Dolan we’re talking about…

  2. shuttaman1990 - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Never spoken to him?
    So damn all those times him and the Lakers was beating his team in the playoffs he used to run back to the locker room to cry or what?

    Lakers all day.

    • lj312chicago - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      ….stay in school people no one likes talking to someone who sounds uneducated

      • shuttaman1990 - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        The audacity you have of saying this when you’re from chicago.
        lmao the irony is delicious.

    • jonevans511 - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Yeah bro, that Jodie Meeks is a stud. I can’t wait to see him on the 2k cover next year. Oops, I meant Kobe. It’ll be awesome to see him return to his prime next year and be even better than his glory days. Oops, I meant Nash. I bet he’ll be a 20 & 10 guy for at least the next three seasons. Oops, I meant that dude you’re going to draft as a lottery pick this year. He’s the answer!

      You can be a Lakers fan all you want. I am not a hater in any way. But to use playoff victories from a decade ago (assuming you meant Melo during his Nuggets days) as way to throw salt on Melo is foolish. The Lakers are the third, maybe even fourth if you look at the starting 5 of the Kings vs Lakers, best team in California right now. Let them return to Championship contention before saying “Lakers all day”.

      For the record I’m a Skins fan so I know a thing or two about rooting for sorry teams.

      • shuttaman1990 - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        lmao redskins? they ain’t crap in the NFL, DONT YOU EVER COMPARE THE REDSKINS TO THE LAKERS YOU SORRY ASS FAN!
        You gotta be out of your living mind tryna talk to me with your redskin costume on.

        Lakers all day, we got rings, most finales appearances and will get ring before the end of the year.


      • shuttaman1990 - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        and when i meant they ain’t crap in the NFL, im comparing them to the lakers.
        they got their rings but they aint comparable as to what the lakers have in the NBA.

        Lakers all day, kiss our rings and be grateful.

  3. thekingdave - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    I swear, shuttaman(I think I just killed a bunch of brain cells typing that out) has got to be the least intelligent person on PBT. That’s saying a lot.

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Its def an uneducated kid in need of ADHD meds.

      Adderall all day

      • shuttaman1990 - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        You’s a knicks fan shut up.
        Phil Jackson won’t even save you bums

  4. solly85 - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:53 PM
  5. beach305 - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Unless Phil is going to be coaching, I don’t see players being that overly impressed with the move.

    That doesn’t mean to say that the Knicks will be bad in the next two years. I think top players are going to see what happens next year, and go from there.

  6. stayhigh_247 - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    They may be making a play for K Love and not Melo, just saying

  7. onlyavoice - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Bringing and inexperience Jackson into the front office means nothing except that he would bring in a coach who could lead the team to a championship. That in itself would bring in the proper players the Knicks need

  8. deavn - Mar 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Melo doesn’t sound like he’s staying. Sounds more like a guy who doesn’t care what the Knicks front office does because he’s not gonna be there next year.

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