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Report: Carmelo Anthony buys into Phil Jackson’s plan for the Knicks

Jul 4, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony reportedly plans to take the weekend to choose his destination in free agency, but this really sounds like a done deal.

As many expected lately, Melo seems seems set to re-sign with the Knicks.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony probed New York Knicks management on the franchise’s plan to restore a contending roster and left his final free-agency meeting largely aligned with president Phil Jackson’s vision, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

In the meeting that included general manager Steve Mills, Jackson dispelled doubts that he was indifferent about Anthony staying with the Knicks, sources said. New York officials have made it clear to Anthony that they need him on the roster to have a chance to attract star players in free agency, sources said. After a week of franchises fawning over him during recruiting trips to Chicago, Houston, Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers, Anthony needed to hear that enthusiasm out of the Knicks’ top management

That’s all well and good, but the Knicks offering Melo a max contract surely played a huge part in the decision. Jackson and the Knicks’ public desire to shake up a faulty roster just gives Melo cover to take the money without saying he’s only in it for the money.

No matter what Jackson has in mind, the previous regime left him a mess. He’ll be hard-pressed to make the Knicks much better next season.

Maybe Melo is cool with a lost year if the future looks bright – and that would be, at best, the bargain he’s taking. Or maybe he just wants the money and stability of staying in New York.

104 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. csbanter - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Melo is making a mistake but it appears he’s content with jacking up shots as opposed to winning games.

    • money2long - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      He can do both. Smh. Why would MELO want to lose? Stupid.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        WHY would he want to lose you ask?

        He has $129 million reasons why…

        Because if he did NOT want to lose, he’d be GONE from the Knicks…

        He CHOSE money OVER winning…

        and I have news for you, I’m the 2,435,875th person who has said he chose money over winnning…

      • fanofthegame1 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        He believes Phil gives him the best chance to win. It is going to be a rough year, but the future looks bright in NY.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      He had to because he had teammates all having career worst seasons. You act like last season was anything more than the aberration that it was. It is not a portend of things to come.

      The mistake would have been going to the Bulls or Rockets, teams that are going nowhere anytime soon, and have major contracts to re-up in the next two years themselves, with none of the top 5 players in the league available to sign.

      Anthony is doing the right thing remaining right here in New York.

  2. kev86 - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    I’d take the 129mil and stay in New York City too. Who wouldn’t?

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      the money would be great, but I’ll avoid living by 18 million or so people in the greater NYC metro area…


      pond (stocked of course)






      all on my own property…

      beats the traffic, noise and sirens… look up and actually see stars, hears animals and bugs, not noise from humans in all it’s forms…

      not see another house from mine…

      to each their own of course.

      happy birthday America…

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        Hicks and yokels like yourself love to remind us of your inferiority complex. Melo is one of us. Not one of YOU.

  3. whalesarenotmammals - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    If he stays it is for reasons other than winning an NBA Championship. The Knicks are nowhere close to winning an NBA Championship. He’ll just be Dominique Wilkins on the Hawks; very good player that’s not going to the Finals except sitting in the stands.

    • money2long - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Could be because he believes Phil has the direction to get it done and put him in position to do so.
      Why are people only looking at The past and not what the future could hold ?

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        Because they are retards with inferiority complexes that lead them to wanting to see New York perpetually down. They were nowhere to be found two years ago until the Knicks got robbed by the refs vs. Indiana, and were out in droves this past season. They think last year was anything more than an aberration and forget that the roster is stocked with guys who average double figures.

  4. saint1997 - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Dan that was a really cynical way to write that article. Check a comment I made on a previous Melo post – you can’t have a double standard here when assessing his decision. Maybe Phil’s plan presents a better opportunity to win than playing in Chicago? Maybe he cares about staying in what he considers his hometown? The money played a role – but don’t paint the picture the way you have because it’s lazy

  5. amehta256 - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Clippers should package Griffen and someone else to Miami for Lebron

  6. newyorkball82 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    As a realistic New York Knicks fan, I don’t see us running away with anything this year, but to think its going to be the same old Knicks seems un-realistic to me. Their were managerial and ownership problems before and those are being addressed. The “same old Knicks” are obviously making some changes to the point that Carmelo wants to stay, instead of running off to a “championship caliber team”.

  7. sportsfan18 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Melo’s gonna laugh at Kobe next season…

    Melo’s new jersey number will be 129

    Kobe’s will be 48.5

    Melo has already told him his is bigger…

  8. kev86 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    So if he doesn’t win a title next year in NY, maybe he will in 2015 or 2016. New York is his favorite team and city. I bet his 7 year old son doesn’t want to move either. Mix in 129 mil and Phil Jackson and this decision seems easy. Stay home Melo! Go NY!!!

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:42 PM


      ALL very good points and I agree with you on all of them…

      So WHY did he want the full dwight howard treatment then?


      He’s known all along he’s staying in NYC…

  9. ravenswhat - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    And the extra 30 mil didn’t hurt.

  10. marcusfitzhugh - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Chicago embarrassed themselves. They walked into the Mercedes dealer with bus fare and are surprised they were shown the door.

    Now it’s going to be months of Chicago fans saying “Melo only went for the money when he could have won with us.” Yeah right. The Bulls played NY four times last year. It was a split. Won two, lost two.

    Good luck motivating Boozer this year.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      This is what I’m saying. People act like the Bulls are on the cusp. Thibodeau burns out those players and adding a 26 PPG guy (who would then only score 21 a game there) was not going to put them over the top.

  11. ranfan12 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    anthony never exactly said he wanted to leave. he just wanted that d12 treatment (the good parts mainly)

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Lakers even made him a movie starring Ice-T and Dave Chapelle. Whadya mean, “nope”?

  12. clevelandrox - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Melo is NOT about rings… he talks the talk.. but that is it…

  13. tommy2cat - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    “No matter what Jackson has in mind, the previous regime left him a mess. He’ll be hard-pressed to make the Knicks much better next season.”

    In 2012-13 – the Knicks were 54-28. In 2013-14, March & April – the Knicks were 16-7. The team is obviously capable of winning, but reportedly quit on Mike Woodson. Tyson Chandler was id’d as one the prime sources of subversion, as was Ray Felton’s substandard play. They are gone.

    The 2014-15 Knicks, should Carmelo sign & recruit Pau Gasol, will be equipped with a new offensive structure, a new coach and assistant coach, a superb team president with Knick roots. The depth chart will look something like this:

    C: Dalembert/Gasol/Aldrich
    PF – Gasol/Stoudemire
    SF – Melo/Early/JR Smith
    SG – JR Smith/Shumpert/Hardaway, Jr.
    PG – Calderon/Prigioni/Larkin

    If anything, that roster is a boat-load of talent with scoring machine capability. See how the defense holds up. Properly guided, they could go quite deep. Certainly a roster and coaching staff worthy of playoff consideration.

    • tommy2cat - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Oops. I forgot Andrea Bargnani at center

      C – Bargnani/Stoudemire/Aldrich
      PF – Gasol/Stoudemire
      SF – Melo/JR Smith/Early
      SG – JR Smith/Shumpert/Hardaway, Jr.
      PG – Calderon/Prigioni/Larkin

      Yeah, that’s more like it… We’d be hard-pressed to concede this year as “a lost year” with a high-octane, deep roster. Factor in some time to adjust to the triangle offense; however, this team could rack up a few win streaks. Team defense is the question.

      • bdachan12 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        You think Gasol is going to play for $3m while Carmelo and Stoudemire get $23m? LOL Even that moron JR Smith would be making double.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        Pau’s career PER is higher than Melo’s career PER…

        Pau’s ring count is higher than Melo’s too…

        Pau’s win share per 48 min’s for his career is .168… Melo’s is only .138

        pesky numbers…

        I think now we know why Melo was talking to Pau about coming to join him… Melo knows Pau can ball…

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:28 AM

        They’d lose 2 out of every 3 games down at Rucker…

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:30 AM

        they’d lose 2 out of every 3 games at Rucker…

      • jmo1015 - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:41 AM

        gasol is a BIG stretch he wants way more than offered, but if that happened in some fantasy world i agree its a good lineup – in the east

      • tommy2cat - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        I’m laughing – I wouldn’t expect Gasol to play for 3m.

        Who’s to say that Melo & Stoudemire wouldn’t restructure their contracts to provide room for Pau to play in the Big Apple? Especially if he knew his brother could wind up there next season as a FA.

        The prime impediment to the Knicks success has always been James Dolan, who is now neutralized by the Zen Master. Never would’ve expected the Knicks could dump Chandler – who quit on Woodson – and Felton – who is almost on the lamb lol – for Calderon, Early, Larkin & Ante…

        My main point is that this won’t be a lost season for the Knicks, Pau Gasol aside.

  14. arrow43050 - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    So what you’re saying is that Melo buys into the plan to pay him as much as anyone can be paid, which will likely be more than Lebron James. Wow, it really is amazing he bought into that plan.

  15. cruzan80 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    I’m sorry but did Melo ACCEPT & SIGN a max $129 mil contract already or did I miss something here???

    You geniuses do realize that he can take more than any of his suitors can offer & still take LESS than the max.

    The only thing that has actually happened is the Knicks made it clear that if he wants the max he can have it…they haven’t AGREED to anything yet.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      None of those teams are going anywhere. The Knicks may very well be better than them all THIS YEAR, never mind once Stoudemire and Bargnani come off the books.

  16. realfootballfan - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    It’s the Eastern Conference. It’s not that far from the top, especially with Phil at the helm as long as dopey leaves him alone. I’m sure Phil had the same talk he had with Kobee. You can be Jordan in this offense if you buy in.

  17. winniethepootietang - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    why is taking the money a bad thing? how come we don’t actually pause, ask ourselves this question in a serious manner? how about we try participating in free thought rather than simply continuing to regurgitate the (bad) idea that choosing money over a potentially or even an undoubtedly more competitive scenario is a poor reflection of someone as a human being, or if not then at least do so for an actual reason instead of because we believe it is expected of us. isn’t it his career, his job, not the team’s, not the NBA’s not anyone else’s?. if he personally wants to go for the money then is he not entitled to do this? is he to be held responsible for our refurbished sensibilities? i have yet to encounter a rational explanation for what is wrong with such a choice. the way i see it carmelo anthony- or anyone else for that matter- does not owe the public an explanation, he does not owe you an explanation and he certainly does not owe me an explanation. when other, blue collar, non-star players work hard and score their pay day with an inferior team, we proceed to celebrate his industry, nod our heads and politely agree that he deserves it while a single tear rolls down our cheek. yet on the other hand, in the case of star players- whose excellence we take for granted and are successful precisely because of, among other things, their discipline and work ethic- we harbor a severe double standard that transcends professional discourse and becomes petty indignation and personal vitriol, which we collectively justify by basking in self-pity and insisting that we have been wronged. it’s incredible how we are able to go around peddling woeful ideation that is as thoughtful as it is unique and is entirely a self-inflicted wound that is almost entirely the result of a glorious failure to police our own expectations. if it weren’t so depressingly common, spectacularly pedestrian and outrageously stupid it would almost be humorous. sports fans have always been more fickle than the average individual but ever since LeBron James’ free agency we have taken this level of hypersensitivity to uncharted heights. i issue a challenge to so-called “fans”: how about we cut the ‘woe is me’ act and start behaving like grown ups?

  18. bball1950 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Follow the money. Loyalty, rings are secondary.

  19. bball1950 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    It’s always been about Me for Melo. Give me the ball and give me the money. Winning Championships, teamwork taking a cut so the Knicks can bring in others, are secondary.

  20. charlutes - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Hahahahaha “buys back in”….worst bluff ever Melo. Show me the money! When has this dude been about winning? Score points, lose games, get paid. Any questions?

  21. imakcds - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    New York is putting too much faith in both Phil Jackson AND the Triangle Offense.
    Phil is unproven at his job, and I won’t even talk about Integrity.
    The Triangle is NOTORIOUS for being very hard to pick up, and EVERYONE on the floor has to know it like the back of their hand or the offense stalls.
    I can pretty much guarantee you JR Smith will NOT get it.
    Not to mention that Phil and Derek won’t have the Triangle Master, Tex Winter teaching the players HIS offense. Not Phil’s, he only leeched it, as he has most of his career.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Keep telling yourself that.

  22. klownboy - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Hey, as a Knicks fan, I hope that Melo returns. But if he is really about winning, he’d run like hell to the Bulls.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Yep, those same Bulls who haven’t been out of the 2nd round, even when Derrick Rose was healthy. I’d stick with the guy with too many rings for his fingers personally.

      • klownboy - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:01 AM

        As a Knicks fan, I hope you are right…

      • realfootballfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:30 AM

        If he’s left alone, Phil will build a winner. It’s amazing to me that people still doubt this. When he showed back up in LA the second time, how many people thought that was a championship team. I know I didn’t. Yet, he had them back in the thick of things with only Pao and Kobee along with head case Bynum who was injured constantly. That was in the West. People try to knock him with the “he always had the biggest stars rap” but none of them won without him, and in those last couple of championships, they try to knock him with “they got Pao on a silver platter to deliver the championship. Pa was good in Memphis, but he had never been out of the first round of the playoffs before he got there, Phil got him midseason, integrated him, and just made him into the only other major cog besides Kobee on a team full of just role players en route to the championship out of a Western conference that was pretty tough back then, too.

        The thing that separates Phil from Pat Riley is that he is able to get young role players to fit into his system more easily. The stars will come. (and they will only need one more because even if the Heat stay together as I anticipate, we’ve seen that’s a tiered deal with LBJ doing the heavy lifting over Bosch and Wade in decline). If Carmelo isn’t completely crazy and leaves, he’ll have him paired up with other pieces that will all fit by 2 years from now. However, your crazy owner is the X-factor, but Phil’s worked for Chicago who’s owner isn’t exactly that bright either despite what Bull fans would tell you.

  23. realfootballfan - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    And oh, btw, the guy with all of the ones the Bulls have on his resume. Yea, that guy. I’d stick with him, lol.

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