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Phil Jackson says he has not heard from Carmelo, has tried to recruit Gasol

Jul 10, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

Phil Jackson

It’s not just you, Phil Jackson is waiting, too.

Carmelo Anthony met with five teams last week and took the long holiday weekend to mull over his free agency decision, with announcement expected Monday… but nothing. It’s now heading into Thursday night and still nothing, outside a reports it’s down to the Knicks and Lakers.

There are reports Anthony will stay in New York and Jackson said he is optimistic, but if you want something official, sorry.

Jackson spoke to the New York media Thursday and had a “no update” update on free agency, as tweeted by Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal.

Jackson has made moves, trading Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to both save money and get triangle-friendly Jose Calderon at the point. He also has reached out to Pau Gasol.

Gasol has options, too — the Lakers, Bulls, Spurs, Thunder and even Heat have reached out to him.

But Gasol is waiting to see what LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony will do before making his decision.

Like the rest of us. Including Phil Jackson.

  1. theentity1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    I have not heard from Carmelo either, but I remain optimistic.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      I texted him and told him not to call me with his decision, I want to find out from chris brosard and steven a smith.

  2. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Jackson’s optimistic LaLa is leaving.

  3. seansull83 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Why does this feel like the phone call waiting game after an awkward first date? Should he call melo since it’s been more than 3 days?

    • elrock7 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      Melo, Lebron a couple of effing divas! Kyle Lowry listened to a couple of teams and made his decision.

      These guys need to get over themselves. Wow! Bloody soap opera, As the Basketball Spins!

  4. antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Bronny and Melo are talking though.

    I wonder – if Cleveland can’t pry Love from Minnesota, could they arrange a Wiggins for Melo sign and trade deal with Jackson?

    • micknangold - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      Yeah, because the Knicks would do that.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        Why wouldn’t they? They could get something back from a Melo departure instead of ending up with nothing.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        It would be better than that stupid Carlos Boozer for Carmelo idea that was floating around for a minute.

    • kb2408 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Do you actually thnk PJ would give up the best offensive machine in the world for a 19 year old, pimpled face, unproven kid?! And who the heck is “Bronny”?! I’ve heard him referred to as King James, LBJ, LeBron, Bron, Bron-Bron, King, The Chosen One….but never “Bronny”!! One would think you were hanging out in Vegas with D. Wade and “Bronny.” Three best buds just kicking it, you, Wade and “Bronny.”

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        PJ doesn’t currently have the best offensive machine in the world, so it’s not a matter of him giving that up. It would be a matter of Melo saying, “sign me and trade me to Cleveland for the #1 pick, or don’t, and I’ll sign somewhere else and you will be left with nothing.”

      • kb2408 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:47 PM

        Most “knowledgable” basketball people say KD and Melo are the two best offensive players in the world. I give it to Melo because he’s more versatile than KD, so I don’t know what you’re talking about. Of course, you probably say it’s “Bronny”!!

      • kb2408 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        Or perhaps you’re saying PJ doesn’t have him because he’s a free agent. However, Phil ain’t doing a sign and trade for Wiggins. I think he’d let Mello walk for nothing before he does that. Then the Knicks would really have tons of cap space going forward.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        KB, KB, KB

        Melo is nowhere close to being the offensive force that KD is and I am going to spare everyone the stats.

        It would be a bloodbath. KD is HIGHLY efficient and Melo is, well, not efficient…

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        kb2408 – Yes, I mean because Melo isn’t signed with the Knicks right now. And if you’re Phil Jackson in your first year with a franchise, what more could you ask for but to have the #1 pick from the “best” draft since 2003?

        I guess it depends on how high Jackson had Wiggins rated. But that isn’t such a bad start for PJ… to land Wiggins. And there are some Melo critics on here who would probably prefer a young Wiggins to a 30 year old Carmelo Anthony.

      • kb2408 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        Sportsfan, I beg to differ. And talking heads such as Stephen A. Smith, Sir Charles, Kenny Smith, Skip Bayless, Mark Jackson, etc. all have said it’s Mello. Until KD learns how to post up it will continue to be Melo. But, regardless of all that, PJ ain’t trading him for a 1st yr player.

      • elrock7 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        All this PJ talk. When did Carlissimo sign in NYC?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        kb2408 – If you’re just talking about the best “offensive machines” in the league, Melo wouldn’t be near the top. I’m talking about “offensive machine” in the way Magic Johnson was the ultimate offensive machine.

        Total Points Per Game + Field Goal Percentage

        Durant: 44.8 pts @ .503
        Paul: 43.6 pts @ .467
        Curry: 43.2 pts @ .471
        LeBron: 42.4 pts @ .567
        Wall: 40.6 pts @ .433
        Harden: 39.9 pts @ .456
        Westbrook: 38.2 pts @ .437
        Melo: 35.2 pts @ .452

        Melo is a top 3 scorer in the league, but several other players give you more offense than him and with a more reliable shooting percentage.

      • terrence1922 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        You just said best offensive machine in the world. You’re talking about Kevin Durant right? Melo is an amazing scorer but he aint the best in the league. If anybody is the best scorer in basketball it’s KD.

  5. redskins21lakers24 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    So in the nab if you wanna win a ship you sign with a team that has multiple all stars? this should not be allowed to happen players are so desperate to win a ring they are making the game less competitive ow days… you need three all stars to get the job done? you can’t possibly get credit for that! what a shame and joke this league is becoming smh

    • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      Less competitive? Did you miss the 80s and 90s? If you weren’t the Lakers, Celtics or Bulls you were pretty much SOL. Don’t even get us started about the 60s.

      • seansull83 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        You mean the decade of Celtics. It isn’t the first time it’s happened, Boston did it and I don’t think anyone is saying they didn’t earn 2008. Putting as many good players on one team is the goal of team sports. I don’t think there is a rule allow every team only one superstar. Salary cap does that kinda only if the guys want max, but every great team was full of great players.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        How is it the decade of the Celtics if the Lakers won more championships?

    • bkbell3 - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      Bird played with 3 hall of famers in the chief,mchale dennis johnson? Magic had jabbar and worthy and a host of great role players like michel cooper, bob mcadoo etc, In the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s many teams were loaded. The knicks had walt, earl the pearl and willis etc. the old sonics and portland teams were loaded,wilt’s lakers team was loaded. Nobody wins alone. mj had pippen, rodman, tony kukos? and a host of great role players like horace grant etc. that they reloaded with every year. Your point is stupid and you know nothing about the history of the nba.

  6. redskins21lakers24 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    now just imagine if lebron would have never left Cleveland, he would have 2 rings with them not the heat, he must go back to cleveland in order to be considered a great in my eyes he must prove he can win with out all star help thats the right way to do it other wise he’ll always hear, “you needed wade and bosh bro!”

    • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      MJ needed Pippen. Magic needed Kareem. Bird needed Archibald and McHale. I’m not following you, bro!

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        Laverne needed Shirley

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        Mork needed Mindy.

      • dablakdrphil - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        No one player can win a ring EVER. It’s never been done and it never will be done. As anti already stated even the great MJ needed Pippen. Arguably you can make the case that Allen Iverson is the only player with little help to take his team to the Finals

        At the end of the day a ring is a ring. It doesn’t matter how you won it or who you linked up with. I may not be a Heat fan but I respect Lebron and he deserves his due credit.

        We ripped him for not winning a ring and now were saying “He can’t get it done without all stars”

        Well you need all stars to even compete for a title let alone win it all.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        “Arguably you can make the case that Allen Iverson is the only player with little help to take his team to the Finals”

        LeBron in 2007 had even less help than Iverson did in 2001.

        Hakeem won a ring without much help. Not that Otis Thorpe, Vernon Maxwell and Kenny Smith weren’t good players, but there was only one All-Star appearance between them.

      • mackcarrington - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        Archibald? Nate Archibald? Really???

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        Yeah, he was an All-Star in Bird’s first three seasons. Also a Hall of Famer… so, really.

      • mackcarrington - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Ok. I didn’t bother to look it up. Thought he was long retired by then.

  7. sellahh - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Knicks board is reaching ‘Bold and Beautiful’ levels of nonsense. What a bunch of pathetic people in NY, really.

  8. bronx77 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    I’m starting to think it was all a plan…….
    Lebron told the Cavs back in 2010
    “Hey we can’t win here unless you bring in more talent…… Sooo I’m gonna go win a couple rings in Miami and you guys can get 3 out of the next 4 #1 picks and then I will come back as a ‘Hero’ to win some rings……. Everybody wins!!!!!!!! But you guys have to act real mad while I’m gone Kay?????”

    Conspiracy theory anyone????

    Please pick a damn team Lebron and Melo so we can get on with the rest of free agency.

  9. billtetley53 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    One thing you all need to realize, is that kb will flip flop on players depending on if they are on the lakers( or if they have a miniscule chance to be) or not. Right now he is high on Melo. When Melo signs elsewhere, he will say he isnt that good.
    He did it with Shaq, he did it with Dwight. He said Gasol stunk before he was a laker, and hes ripping on Thomas for talking to the suns, calling him “just another miniscule ,shoot first guard”.

    KB roots like a small child, hes a 42 year old man(that enjoys wearing womens clothes) yet he cant seem to grasp simple concepts. Its pathetic that he is that age and acts like an 8 year old when it comes to the lakers. He has no basis for any of his claims, just stating that “experts say so”.

    Hes been exposed several times for his lack of knowledge of the game and its history, so him using “most knowledgeable fans” and including himself in that group is utterly laughable.

    Just point and laugh and ridicule him, its what he is here for. Oh yeah, he REALLY cares about the thumbs for some reason, so make sure you thumb him down, it drives him nuts. He gets some sort of validation for himself if people ” like his posts. Thats sad.

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