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Phil Jackson says Carmelo Anthony ‘is good for what his word is, that he wants to be in New York’

Jun 27, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony has spoken positively about the Knicks’ direction under Phil Jackson.

Jackson is making sure nobody – Melo especially – forgets he says that as the star enters free agency.

Jackson, via Ohm Youngmisuk of

we have every confidence that Carmelo is good for what his word is, that he wants to be in New York, he likes playing in New York, he wants to compete, he wants to be part of a playoff team that is competitive toward a championship.

I’m not sure how well that will go over. I know Jackson doesn’t precisely say this, but it’s almost as if he’s implying leaving the Knicks would make Melo a liar.

That might be a good way to rally the fanbase if Melo departs, but it’s probably not the best way to persuade Melo to stay.

I’m sure Melo wants to be in New York. On some levels, he probably wants to be in Dallas, Houston and Chicago, too.

He can pick only one team, though.

If he’s, as Jackson said, true to his word and “wants to be part of a playoff team that is competitive toward a championship,” it probably won’t be the Knicks.

  1. addict2sport - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Hard to believe these Jedi (Zen) mind tricks like this work on so many athletes and Jeannie Buss. He completely puts people in a spell with this stuff. Wonder if it’ll work on Melo. His wife LaLa seems capable of some harsh mind control too.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      beat me to it addict…

      but, the old zen masters tricks won’t work on Melo because he isn’t bright enough to comprehend this, reverse psychology or anything else of the sort…

      La La keeps telling Melo to take the money because he has a FAMILY (uh, that’d JUST be her) to take care of… La La tells Melo each day that he’ll never win a title anyway so he may as well get her all the money he can… oops, get himself all the money he can…

      La La tells Melo that with all the extra money he’ll at least be able to buy some rings from some retired ballers who went broke… she tells him so he CAN have BOTH rings and money…

      • stayhigh_247 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:31 AM


      • loungefly74 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        you may have hit the nail on the head…just brutally honest about LaLa’s thoughts…

      • cruzan80 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        @ sportsfan7

        Didn’t even read that crap….sorry.

        But I did make sure to give you a good old thumbs down….I know how enamored you are with that stuff.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        ya’ll take this stuff, and what I say WAY too personally…

        relax, have a cold one… it’s all entertainment…

        it’s reading the people’s reactions on here that is 20 times better than any articles…

        some people JUMP so far from such a small little tweak…

        for instance…some people even say they don’t read my crap while in the next comment they say they didn’t understand my gibberish…

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Rings and $ = having yer cake and eating it: imagine how much more rotund the round mound Charles The Man Barkley would have been if he had won a championship!

      • cruzan80 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        @ sportsfan

        “some people even say they don’t read my crap while in the next comment they say they didn’t understand my gibberish…”

        I was referring to the second novel you posted that started out “Cruz, Just for you.” I felt kinda bad that you wrote all that & I didn’t even bother to read past the 1st 4 words… I said…sorry?

        Your right about one thing though, reading some of the comments on here are way more entertaining than the actual articles. I’ve lost count of how many of your post have left me in stitches.

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Obviously you have not seen Lala’s Golden Globe acting on the new TV show Power. This role will catapult them to a new level of wealthiness….lol

    • cruzan80 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:11 AM


      you beat me to it.

      Thought I was the only one who didn’t get all that gibberish.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM


        Just for you.

        Buy rings… sadly, many famous BROKE athletes SELL their championship rings and other memorabilia because they need the money.

        Melo WILL buy a few championship rings from some of these guys… (it’s the ONLY way he’ll ever get a ring).

        La La tells Melo that since he will NOT ever win a ring, he needs to CHOOSE the most money so he’ll resign with the Knicks.

        IF he went elsewhere to win, it won’t happen so he’ll not get a ring and he’ll lose out on the money. So La La set him straight.

        One may not use reverse psychology or ANY other similar tactics on one who isn’t bright enough to comprehend what is going on…

        deer in the headlights look going on there with him… so Phil doesn’t need to resort to zen master tactics with Melo…

        Instead, the old zen master invited La La along to his meeting with Melo when he was trying to “woo” him.

        Phil rented every hotel room on an entire floor of a swanky hotel there in NYC.

        Then, ONLY La La, Melo and the zenmesiter got off the elevator and onto the floor.

        Phil told La La he had a surprise for her. he walked her (them) up and down the hall and asked them if they knew what was inside EACH and EVERY room…

        they guessed many things and Phil kept saying no, that’s not correct ma’am…

        Finally, Phil said, EACH and EVERY room if FULL to the brim of cash and there still isn’t enough room in all of these hotel rooms to hold the cash we’er going to give to the BOTH of you…

        Then he said, the others teams will have trouble filling up one little old room at the Motel 6 out in the middle of nowhere…

        While walking on their way out of the hotel, the zenmeister asked La La if she liked the sound of a new reality TV show he was thinking about… he said he was calling it “The Housewives of the New York Knicerbockers: Staring La La”

        La La took out a pen and jabbed it into Melo’s hand and told him he had .7 seconds to sign the contract that Phil was holding…

    • lj312chicago - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      “if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere”…..what’s the significance of that comment…if NY hasn’t won a ring since 1972 LMAO

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        Talking about crossing the street and remaining alive.

    • lj312chicago - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Knicks fan’s are so annoying and spoiled…even though they haven’t won a ring in over 40 years lol…DERRICK FISHER LOL

      • sonnysuave - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        Disagree. The Knicks fans on this site… sure, they love their home team… but are honest about how they feel about their players (good or bad), and are realistic about the state of their team. However, Lakers fans on this site… omg, don’t get me started! One word… delusional!

      • cruzan80 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM


        What’s really funny is how many HATERS like yourself exist for a team that hasn’t won a title in 40 years.

      • billiam55 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Chicago is just as bad idk what your talking about.

      • seansull83 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        Yet the knocks still have fans. I mean Laker fans jump ship with a quickness, hell “Jack” was at a Clipper playoff game, I though he was Purple and Gold for life.

  2. rexgrossman8 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Remove the Zen label and it’s just (subtle) manipulation. Or Jedi mind tricks.

    • hwatt - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      daaaaam ‘rexgrossman’. whew, talk about a throwback

  3. djlexluger - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Money isn’t an issue Lala was making lots of money before her and Melo got together and she making even more now so…

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Keep trashing the Knicks, as if the Bulls are going anywhere with NO BENCH.

    • cruzan80 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Or a starting PG for that matter…

    • malek773 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      The bulls front office knows what they are doing. If they get Melo they will build a good bench around the team. They’ve done it every year now. All the knicks have to offer Melo is money, and thats if he doesn’t ask for a sign and trade.

    • lj312chicago - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      1972. “but it’s New York everyone wants to play in New York”…….1972…..1972…..1972…1972…..1972…..1972….LAUGHING OUT…..LOUD

  5. csbanter - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Phil is planting the seeds of reason to give the press once Melo heads west to the Windy City. It’s all good though Knick fans won’t be devastated in the least. Melo was an import , had the Knicks drafted him things would be different. This is no Lebron situation.

  6. calkinsrob - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Come to the bulls with DOUGIE MCBUCKETSSSS!!!!

  7. davidly - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    As if he actually wants him to stay.

    • mogogo1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      That’s the part I’m not understanding. Seems like a lot of totally needless mind tricks. If he doesn’t want him to stay then just let him go. If he wants him to stay, then sign him to the max contract. But by riding the fence Phil is leaving the possibility open he ends up with an outcome he doesn’t want.

      • davidly - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:34 AM

        I seems to me like he wouldn’t mind seeing him go but wants to make it look otherwise.

  8. undagroundnbablogspot - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Sorry to go there, but one problem society has in general these days is people keeping their word. If I’m not mistaken some months ago Melo said he wasn’t leaving NY, and there’s nothing wrong with trying to hold a grown man to his word. Moreover if his wife wants him to pick the team that’s paying him the most money, so what? Isn’t that what wives do?

  9. sonnysuave - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Phil is starting to really look like a media attention whore! Dood needs to shut it. The jedi mind trick comments may have worked when he was a coach, to subtly connect/communicate to his players… but as a Pres of Ops, nobody appreciates a boss trying to manipulate you.

  10. skinsfan2013 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    I like playing for the Knicks, I wanna play for the Knicks, is totally different from I’m gonna sign and play with the Knicks………….Melo is outta there

  11. ravenswhat - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Oh Phillip. Your tricks are played out.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      What Phil needs is somebody like Michael Jordan to come along and SAVE the franchise. Otherwise, it’s going to take years, just like it did for the Bulls even with MJ, to regain respectability in this highly competitive league.

    • cruzan80 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:03 PM


      Just two days ago he made Raymond Felton disappear. That’s the most impressive trick I’ve seen in a loooong time.

  12. jzone954 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Gonna be Interesting to be honest. Phil has never been a president who’s build a team through draft so it’ll be interesting to see. He’s I believe 70? So we will see how this goes and for how long.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Today’s 70 is yesterday’s 50.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      just to get the facts out there…

      Pat Riley is 69 yrs old…

      Phil Jackson is 68 yrs old…

  13. bux1022 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Melo isn’t going anywhere. Phil Jackson is already making moves we got rid of a fat a s s pg and often injured Chandler. Phil is putting the pieces together for his offense. You can’t perfect a system without players designed for that system, hence Mike D’s issues. For all the Fish haters, he was bred for this. He has been a player/coach for the last 10 seasons. Every coach has to have his or her first year, remember that trolls

  14. bux1022 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    And let’s stop talking about the bulls. D Rose is the new Grant Hill. He’ll be out of the league soon just like B Roy. Then where will y’all be, actually where are you now?!!?

  15. bux1022 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    The assumption is….when u post you know something about sports and the topic at hand..just sayin!

  16. harshedmellow - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    PJ is doing a delicate dance…. as a GM he has to know that signing Melo to a max deal would be a disaster for the club and, in terms of winning a ring, for the player.

    So he’s trying to both push Melo out, without seeming like he’s pushing Melo out. I guess so that when he does sign elsewhere, which he will, PJ has cover.

    Melo is a competitive person; they don’t hand out NCAA titles and he was dominant that year with ‘Cuse. If he does sign with the Knicks, which he won’t, it’d be the clearest money-grab ever, a concession by an elite player in his prime that winning doesn’t actually matter. So, why would PJ even WANT that player?!

    Melo is gone, the Knicks will be awful for a long time, as will the Lakers. I don’t hate the Knicks the way I hate the Lakers, so I take no joy in saying that.

  17. erking1991 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Melo has no reason to stay in New York, without him they’re lucky to be a 10 win team so why would he take less money to stay there?

  18. bux1022 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    We made the playoffs 4/5 years. Two with stat and no melo….you clown troll!

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