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Report: Kevin Durant tried to sell Carmelo Anthony on coach Derek Fisher

Jul 9, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony is going to make his decision soon. We think. We hope. And it seems to be down to the Lakers and Knicks, with the Bulls holding out a slim hope.

Going back to New York means being the biggest star in the biggest market, playing for his favorite boyhood team and, of course, the most money ($129 million). But it also means putting your trust in Phil Jackson, a famed coach but first time executive, and first-time coach Derek Fisher. It means trusting they can build a triangle team (and playing in the triangle).

Kevin Durant told Anthony he can trust Fisher. That according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Kevin Durant loves him some Derek Fisher… tuck that away for 2016 if you want.

Fisher made his own pitch to Anthony already, one which was based around the fact the Knicks are not going through another season like the last one. That according to Ian Begley of

Fisher, speaking in Las Vegas at the team’s summer league practice on Tuesday, said he gathered during the meeting that one of Anthony’s top priorities is to put himself in a winning situation. And the first-year coach made it clear to Anthony that he felt the Knicks could turn things around in 2014-15.

“He wants to win, wants to be successful,” Fisher told reporters of Anthony. “The time I had the visit with him I just shared with him we’ll be a better basketball team because we’ll play the game a better way, play as a team, play with a system and format to allow the game to be easier for him for him and his teammates.

“I’m not sure if it hit home,” Fisher added. “I guess we’ll find out. Hopefully we’ll find out soon.”

Soon. Your lips to God’s ears, Fisher.

The Knicks should be better this season, they underachieved last season and while that is a flawed roster it is one with pieces that should help win more and at least make the playoffs in the East. Even without Tyson Chandler (whose presence in the paint will be missed).

That said, it’s about the longer-term plan in New York and if Anthony returns it’s about that. It’s about trusting Jackson and Fisher. KD at least tried to do his part.

  1. realfootballfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Uh oh, the Thunder better get worried with the usical chair star players.

  2. k3nn3k - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Well then if KD said it, then it must be true!

    Fisher has been in the league a long time for a reason, he was a good PG, a physically strong one at that. But there have been several instances that make me not trust Fisher.

    1. His relationship with Billy Hunter as co-heads of the NBPA, and

    2. The shady move he pulled on the Mavs wanting to retire for “family reasons” and then resigning with the Thunder weeks later.

    3. Not to mention he never thinks he fouls anyone…but that’s besides the point.

    I’m not saying he won’t be a good “puppet” coach for Phil in NY, but there is something about Fisher I just don’t trust.

  3. spursareold - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    KD wants no part of Melo/Kobe/Pau in LA.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Kobe entering his 19th NBA season, now 35 with LOTS of miles on him, injuries to come back from.

      Melo entering his 12th NBA season this year, now 30 yrs old

      Pau entering his 14th NBA season this year, now 34 yrs old

      They would be good this season (depending on Kobe’s return to form) but that is not a group that is going to age well.

      KD will be 26 this season and going into his 8th NBA season
      Westbrook will be 26 in Nov and is going into his 7th NBA season
      Ibaka will be 25 this season and is going into his 6th NBA season

      I don’t think KD is worried about Kobe/Pau/Melo grouping…

    • tomasekradek - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:17 AM

      You do remember how Nash-Kobe-Gasol-Howard were doing together? Replace Howard with Melo (similar skillset to Kobe) + all of them 2 years older and Kobe returning from major injury. The only thing that’s better now is that MDA is no longer on sitting on the bench.
      It sounds like 7-8th seed at best in the crowded west.

  4. campcouch - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    KD setting himself up for a 2016 run to NYK

  5. mp4philly - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    I wonder if KD would endorse Fisher if it meant Melo were going to the Western Conference…

  6. robigd - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Are you allowed to flop as a coach?

  7. bux1022 - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Tyson in the paint?? What have we missed. With all of his injuries what did we actually get out of him? Dalembert will fill the void with ease. And probably score more. If Dalembert wasn’t part of a 3 headed monster at center last year his numbers would have been much better! And fat man is gone!

  8. caeser12 - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Tys-Cream Chandler was the oppositions “present” in the paint. He intimidated no one, guards took it to him as if he were 6ft tall, the league instituted the “tap-out” as a quasi-stat because he can’t grab rebounds. So no, he won’t be missed, need evidence, look how fast Phil got him out of there.

    Go NY.

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