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Carmelo Anthony says Phil Jackson makes Knicks more attractive, he would adapt style of play

Mar 17, 2014, 3:58 PM EDT

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“At the end of the day that’s my first priority, to stay. That’s my first priority. My priority is to figure it out, let’s figure it out together… That’s why at the end of the season everything needs to be laid out on the table. From both parties. If that’s something we can grow with, we can build on, we can compete with at the highest level, then we’re rolling. If that’s not the plan that they have, then we got to talk about something else.”
Carmelo Anthony, speaking All-Star weekend


The question was never if Carmelo Anthony wanted to stay with the New York Knicks, he fought to hard to get there to just up and walk away. He wants to retire a Knick, but he also wants a ring (or rings). The question was could the Knicks convince him they would have a plan, a realistic chance to chase a title while he was in New York.

Enter Phil Jackson.

It’s as splashy a hire to take over the team’s basketball operations as could have been made and Anthony again told the New York Post the hiring will be a factor in attracting free agents (including himself).

“The big picture, absolutely, for the big picture this is definitely more attractive,” Anthony said after practice Monday.

One of the first changes Jackson is expected to make after the season is to let go of coach Mike Woodson and bring in a new coach, a new system — if not the full on triangle at least some aspects of it. Which should fit Anthony’s style well.

Is Anthony willing to adapt at this point in his career? He said yes, as reported by

“I’m willing to do whatever,” Anthony said after practice Monday. “As long as it’s gonna put me in a position to win, I’m willing to do whatever. I’m not sold or stuck on my play.”

“What I’ve been able to do these past 10-11 years has gotten me at where I am right now,” Anthony continued. “If Phil wants to come in and change that this late in my career, if it’s going to help me win a championship, I’m with it.”

It sounds like the Knicks chances of keeping Anthony in the fold are increasing. The question will be at what price, and how that price impacts the ability of the Knicks to bring in other talent around him over the next couple years.

  1. cbking05 - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Phil has not spoken to any Knick players cuz he isn’t planning on any of them being around…this includes Anthony

    • antistratfordian - Mar 18, 2014 at 5:26 AM

      He needs to keep Anthony around if he wants LeBron to join – and he wants LeBron to join. Sp Melo isn’t going anywhere if he doesn’t want to.

  2. phillycannon - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Did someone fail to tell Carmelo that Phil isnt the coach???? Change his playing style……the funniest thing i read in a minute

  3. 1historian - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    (Thanks to Jerry Krause) the whole league knows how good Phil Jackson is at taking a team of stars and making them play together and then making it to the top.

    What does he know about BUILDING a team with one star who seems to know nothing about being part of a team?

    We’ll see.

    • phillycannon - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      I agree. He doesnt, and people fail to realize this. Ask any writer and/or nba person and Phil is a god for some reason. You notice he isnt taking on a coaching job. Why because there isnt a Jordan, or Kobe out their. He couldnt do win with Pippen being the star….so why do people think he will change the Knicks with Melo and NO ONE ELSE.

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        The Bulls won 55 games the year Jordan was out.

        The whole “Phil only won because of the talent” argument is idiotic. Name the coach who won a title without great talent? The ability to coach great talent is still a skill, some good coaches (Del Harris for one) couldn’t get the Lakers to win, Phil could. He coached a team that started Kwame Brown and Smush Parker to the playoffs. The guy could coach.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      “one star who seems to know nothing about being part of a team”

      According to everyone on here isn’t that what Kobe is?

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        They won despite Kobe.

        In the 2009 Finals, Kobe shot 430%. The team, including his shooting shot .457% and as he took the most shots of anyone, it would have been much higher without his volume shooting.

        He shot .360% from 3 point range. The team shot, with him again, .372% from 3 pt range in the Finals.

        Pau Gasol shot 60%. 60% to Kobe’s 43% yet Kobe took OVER twice as many shots as Pau. Kobe jacked up 135 shots to Pau’s 60.

        Hell, Kobe MISSED more shots than Pau took… He was not efficient at all… Lamar Odom shot over 50% too…

        In the 2010 NBA Finals, Kobe shot .405% well, I guess we may round up to 41% for him…

        He had the 6th highest FG% on the team in the Finals… If’ he would kept on shooting, they would have lost the series instead of won it 4 games to 3…

      • bjswoosh805 - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:25 PM


        do you think the Lakers could’ve won the 2010 FInals with out Kobe?

        Yeah Bryant is a shooting guard and happens that he loves to shoot so there’s no way in HELL he’ll take lesser shots that’s just who he is. Oh and btw you didnt mentioned that the 2010 finals was a grinded out game and was all about defense, Yes Lakers actually played defense back then.
        -Paul Pierce shot 439%
        -Ray Allen shot 367% -Rajon Rondo 454%
        …..Garnett and Perkins were the only players who had a FG percetage over 50%.
        but at that game Kobe iced it with a layup against Pierce and a pull-up jumper over Ray Allen.

        About the 2009 Finals Kobe was avg. 32.4 pts 5.6 reb 7.4 ast 1.4 stl 1.4 blk
        oh and Kobe had 37 ast in that series.

      • dablakdrphil - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM


        LMAO!! How much of that was actually Kobe shooting

        Or just Extremely tough and physical defense that Boston had during the time the Big 4 was together. That Celtic team was a monster on defense during the years Ray Allen and KG jointed them

  4. thomaskouns - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Meaningless media sound-bite…….

    What’s he gunna say to the press… ‘The coach with the most Rings on
    NBA history sucks?????’

    Who knows how he really feels……..


  5. jzone954 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM


  6. klownboy - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    We’ll just have to see about that…

  7. mackcarrington - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Anthony is saying all of right things now.
    But as soon as he finds himself in a system where he’s only scoring 17 points a game or with a player who wants as many shots as he does he’ll say “screw this”. The only time players alter their game is when they can no longer do physical things they used to.

  8. lj312chicago - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Melo has one shot to redeem his career. . . Chicago.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      That’s like saying Derrick Rose is gonna get injured again: you don’t know that!

  9. leahcima1 - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    With Jackson it a skybox Melo would be motivated to pass the ball?

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