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Carmelo Anthony says of meeting: “I like what Phil is doing”

Jun 19, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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He’s still going to opt out of his contract, test the free agent market and let other teams recruit him.

But do not count the New York Knicks out of the Carmelo Anthony running.

Anthony met with Phil Jackson and coach Derek Fisher last Friday in Los Angeles and while the Knicks thought it went well Anthony is still going to opt-out (not opt-in for a year as Jackson had hoped).

What did Anthony think of the meeting? He was asked that at a promotional event Wednesday by ESPNNewYork.com.

“It was great meeting with Phil, it went well,” Anthony told two reporters at an event on Wednesday in Manhattan to promote his partnership with 50 Cent and SMS Audio headphones.

On Fisher’s hiring, Anthony added: “I like what Phil is doing.”

Pretty generic and exactly what you’d expect him to say.

Anthony is going to take a good look around, make no mistake. If winning now is what matters more than money or being the star in the bright lights of New York he likely moves on. But Anthony loves playing for the Knicks and he loves New York, he sees changes there and it’s not going to be easy to walk away.

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  1. calkinsrob - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Unless Phil makes a huge free agent move, the knicks are still going to suck for the next 2-3 years. If Melo stays, he Isnt truly about winning.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      2-3 years? How? LMAO

      • calkinsrob - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        what do you mean how. they have the most overpaid front line in the history fo the NBA and they dont have a first round draft pick this year or next. How the hell are they going to turn it around in the near future with those conditions!?

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        calkinsrob

        not saying it will happen, but here is how the Knicks could turn it around.

        Get that cancer Melo out of town, yesterday.

        Then, they will be in cap hell this coming season, but they will have money next summer.

        LBJ can opt in for only this coming season with the Heat and say he’s giving Riles and the owner a chance to improve the team.

        He’ll see, we all will, that Wade is aging in dog years and LBJ will then opt out next summer and sign with Phil and the Knicks as they will have cap room.

        Then, with more cap space and no picks needed, LBJ and PHIL would easily be able to sell the city NYC and playing with Lebron to get two or so other very good players.

        Playing IN New York City and Playing WITH Lebron are attractive things and players who are free agents won’t cost the Knicks any draft picks to trade for them.

        Will this happen? doubtful, but it could happen.

        The Knicks ONLY have $12,674,322 on the books for the 2015/16 season and $1.3 million of that is a team option that they could decline if they wanted to.

        That leaves a LOT of money for Phil to spend. would fit Lebron in easily and two other good players who would have to take a bit less, like LBJ did going to the Heat, but they’d get to play in NYC and play with LBJ and Phil

  2. bux1022 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    We’ll have plenty of cap space two seasons from now! Keep hating! You all will see what Phil is capable of!

    • wupsumskul - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      He’s a great coach and basketball mind but he has proved nothing as a gm. You should prob wait to make a statement like that.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        An arrogant New Yawk a$$hole wait! They’d rather delude themselves and hate teams that compete for championships since they don’t. New Yawk = LoserLand!

  3. campcouch - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Why do the Knicks pay Steve Mills? If the President of Basketball Operations is doing all of the GM stuff, let the guy go.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Steve Mills does a ton on the house operations side. He organizes all events at MSG and the theater, while having a rolodex of contacts within the league and throughout the entertainment industry (which is how he made the Dolan/Phil meeting happen in the first place).

      Dave Checketts was PBO for the Knicks while Grunfeld and others had a GM title back in the day with the Knicks.

      You’re welcome.

  4. malek773 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    I think he would of stayed in New York if Phil could improve the roster this year. Fact is Phil can’t do much this year. No one is gonna trade for Amare, Tyson, Bargaiani. Those guys are eating up all the cap space. They have no money to put anything better around Melo. In the end Melo won’t stick around to see what happens 2015 and beyond. He wants to win now.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Wrong, wrong, and wrong on all three counts.

      While most teams want to maintain their cap space in case they want to take back bad contracts in trades to position for next summer’s free agency, to think that NO ONE will trade for Stoudemire, with that $23.4 Million coming off the books next summer — especially a team that knows it is not going to get any of the top free agents next summer — is ludicrous.

      Chandler is gone. If not on a draft night trade, then definitely after the moratorium is over. If it isn’t Golden State, which has been rumored for months, then someplace else for sure. Unloading him and Felton have been priority. Bargnani’s contract expires and he is fully healthy now. It isn’t like the guy is Jerome James, and entering a walk year, he will be inspired to prove something.

      So either you are ignorant or just another anti-New York type who HOPES they can’t make moves this summer. Never mind next.

      • malek773 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        I’m not anti New York, but your the opposite. A New York fan who thinks other GMs and owners are going to help the Knicks for no good reason. No one is going to take an expiring contract without a sweetner. The knicks have no draft picks to trade and the only piece of young talent anyone would consider is hardawy. If Shumpert didn’t have a down year last year coming off the ACL he’d be another sweetner, but his value is not what it should be right now.

        Anyway to sum it up for you, no one is going to take Amare on a one year rental without getting a sweetner or two. No GM that wants to keep their job is going to pay a guy 23.4M dollars to get injured mid-season and then have nothing left to show for it. Even the Knicks were willing to trade hardaway, thats not enough for any GM to want to take Amare. Unfortunately the Knicks don’t have any other tradable pieces for teams to consider taking a crap contract like Amare’s.

        Bargani is sticking with the Knicks this next year. The knicks can’t get anything close to what they gave up for him. And no one is gonna take him without dumping something off for him. So if he is traded its going to be for another player ina similar situation as him. So For 2014 they are going to be stuck with that same roster. If Phil is able to trade anyone off that team I’d be shocked.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        New Yawk sucks. Needs to be disinfected for ignorance.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Keep planting ideas in these parrots’ heads that he is leaving and that going to a place like Chicago is more beneficial.

    What are you going to write when he comes back AND Phil unloads Chandler and be in position to make big moves next year, including your idol leaving Miami?

  6. azarkhan - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    So Carmelo, how did you like the steak? See ya around.

  7. jimeejohnson - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    New Yawk stinks almost as badly as those loser Knicks. They have absolutely no chance to even compete for a championship! But all the delusional losers think Phil Jackson can fix what’s wrong. Meanwhile, other teams have stars and compete for championships while the Knicks and their fans sit home whining like losers. It’s just their way!

  8. jollyjoker2 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    new York .. the center of the world!!! How can you not recruit? is it the taxes?

  9. batoujitsu - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Its the same lineup that won 50+ games a season before minus jason kidd… change the system – put anthony in a position to score and distribute easily not just holding the ball and doing isolation plays all day.

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