Does Carmelo Anthony have faith in Phil Jackson?

Keith Schlosser

On Monday, Carmelo Anthony is widely expected to opt out of his contract with the Knicks,  thus making him a free agent.

It’s safe to say the forward will have his fair share of suitors, most of which figure to be major playoff and/or championship contenders. This would seemingly make New York a bit of an underdog in the process.

Anthony is a Brooklyn native who had dreams of bringing a championship home to the Big Apple, upon his first arrival. Such a quest has been a rather difficult one, as the Knicks have since struggled to surround the superstar with a worthwhile supporting cast.

The other teams Anthony is reportedly poised to consider (the Rockets, Bulls, and Heat among them) have fellow superstars and other impressive role players already in place to complement him. With Phil Jackson now ready to put his own respective stamp on the Knicks, getting the team to that same level might be a work in progress.

As Anthony gets older and continues to watch the more notable players from his draft class bask in the glory of multiple NBA titles, perhaps he won’t want to wait for that to happen.

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It all comes down to how much faith Anthony has in Jackson. Without much flexibility to speak of this summer, Anthony would have to buy in early on and bet that Jackson could attract another superstar or two to the Knicks (or perhaps simply build a title-contending squad around Anthony himself) in 2015.

While there may be hope, that would still be quite a gamble. Though Jackson’s reputation and Hall of Fame coaching pedigree speaks for itself, he’s unproven as an executive. Will his thirteen championship rings be enough to simply attract anyone he desires during the recruiting process? That remains to be seen.

Since becoming the President of the Knicks, Jackson has signed former Laker Lamar Odom, and hired another, Derek Fisher to be the team’s next head coach. This, of course, was after he was left at the alter by former Bulls’ guard Steve Kerr.

It’s safe to say the moves Jackson has made thus far have all been far more underwhelming than the organization’s decision to actually hire him in the first place.

To be fair, perhaps all Jackson needs is some faith and a little bit more time. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily something Anthony can afford to give.




45 comments
Antoine Sizer
Antoine Sizer

We got faith in u melo stay bro we need u knicks all day

pagey72
pagey72

Melo talks about wanting to win but is poised to leave a team now run by the winningest coach in NBA history? He's either an idiot or he's getting advice from idiots. In Phil I trust, Melo or no Melo.

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

His faith as of now doesnt matter. Its about Phil comin thru. Melo is gonna wait and see what Phil does as far as player movement.

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Wouldn't it be hilarious if Melo Opts out to leave and moves on and Lebron Opts Out to leave and comes here knowing our 2015 Plan 

Ronald A Mitchell
Ronald A Mitchell

I will put my money on Phil Jackson !  Carmelo can go, Phil will find players and might get a championship before Carmelo.

theking
theking

The missing dot: Derrick Rose. What does he think about all this?

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

One source also told me Rose wants to add Anthony.


what does rose want? has a lot of demands for a player that hasn't played in like 2 years

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Phil has THIRTEEN Rings.   He is a basketball Jesus.   People who want knowledge of the game flock to him.   He is world renowned and one of the most interesting people to just hear SPEAK.   How he winds in Buddist references and hits little side jabs at his competitors he's a vocal genius.


Everything Melo has said has portrayed their relationship as reverent. Carmelo wants to be wined and dined and Phil will accommodate that and let Melo play the game.   But in the end MElo respects the rings.


Now if Phil wasnt in NY it might be a very different result.   I'll be shocked if Melo goes to Chicago to play for a cheapskate owner like Jerry Reinsdorf and be run into the ground by Thibideaux while Derrick Rose ices his knees.


John Paxson  is an empty suit.  The Bulls history of selling off talent to save luxury cap money will be a deciding factor.

wingo43
wingo43

@pagey72 Leon Rose IS an idiot, but so is Melo.  There's a reason why Derrick Rose is recruiting Kevin Love and not Melo. 

theking
theking

@thatsagoodpoint  never happening. LeBron will not go back to Cleveland and we will not get the first pick. no way Houston can sign melo and LeBron. Miami has to see if bosh and wade are def opting out.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@Sandro Guedes far better than throwing in that Felton monkey wrench. And it's a good start to rebuild the team. Next Chandler to OKC for another draft pick. Buy Felton out or have him sit till he gets himself in shape. I would trade J.R. for a draft pick. If Jackson/Fisher can improve his value in their system.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes Reports out there are saying that Mirotic isn't 100% that he'll head to the NBA next season and why would we want Boozer when we already have 2 non defensive PF's?

Butler, Gibson + their picks.

wingo43
wingo43

@theking   Rose doesn't want to play with Melo because he thinks Melo's too selfish (where could he have come up with that idea?) and therefore has no intent on recruiting him to play in Chicago.  Instead, Rose likes Love, who he sees as more of a team player.  Rose v. Noah for the future leader and soul of the Chicago Bulls.  (See what a cancer Melo is?  He's not even in Chicago yet and he's already tearing that team apart.  LOL (j/k, relax).)


http://m.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/lawrence-bulls-joakim-noah-calling-carmelo-answering-article-1.1838772


"According to sources close to Kevin Love, Rose’s preference is for the Bulls to work out a deal as soon as possible for Minnesota’s All-Star forward because he sees Love as more of a team player than Anthony. Chicago is in the mix with Golden State for Love, with Boston and Denver considered long shots. If it makes any difference to Melo, Rose has no plans to recruit Love, who is free next summer, either. But the Bulls already know whom he’d really prefer to play with in the future."

1harris1
1harris1

Ha!

Carmelo: Show me the money

Phil: Here it is.

Carmelo: Where do I sign?

1harris1
1harris1

Reinsdorf: Hey, on second thought Afflalo doesn't look too bad after all.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Sandro Guedes @SheSaidSpikeWho Perhaps Phil simply wants more. Go out and get more picks, chicago, and then talk to me (Phil). I don't know anything about Mirotic (I've heard decent things) but unless he's going to be Dirk or Ginobli, I won't be over the moon for this guy (who also could very well be Bargnani in the NBA), Boozer, and two late 1st rounders. 

theking
theking

@thatsagoodpoint  never. happening. ever. gilbert sold the team? if not then we better get use to melo or boozer and two picks

solar_lion
solar_lion

@Sandro Guedes @VerySilentJay Question Sandro. If Gibson can get us a draft pick in return from a team looking to sure up its front line would you do that in exchange for either a nearly equivalent expiring contract or perhaps a contract of a shorter duration though not immediately expiring in 2015?

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes @VerySilentJay You're assuming 2015's even an option. Realistically, imo, it isn't.


- Love's likely to get traded, which enhances his potential new team the chances of extending him

- LA's finally found a positive and healthy (and winning) situation in Portland. No reason for him to become a FA, makes no sense whatsoever.

- Rondo, hypothetically, is the lone player that can possibly become a FA. That said, Ainge is a winner and way too savvy. If anyone can put together a winning team in a season thanks to multiple draft picks and players with potential to surround Rondo, it's him. This would compel Rondo to stay, objectively.


After that, there's only players ready to be overpaid that aren't difference makers.

Bag 2015, let's make moves to put together a strong team now. Waiting around for FA classes is the typical Knick of the past move (which you constantly knock on). 

theking
theking

@Sandro Guedes @VerySilentJay butler would be looking to get paid and so will mirotic

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes @VerySilentJay Why have cap space if there's nothing to spend on?


Then you can pull a detroit and overpay middle class players to fill out your roster and have a mediocre team for several years.


If Melo's not staying, take advantage of it, get picks and solid young players.

Let Chandler go to teams looking to contend (make no mistakes, there are teams that'll be quite interested) and try to get a similar return.

By the deadline try to move those expirings to those teams looking to be players on 2015.

There are ways. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes @theking @thatsagoodpoint Wiggins' still is very much a work in progress. Sky's the limit, but needs to work on many aspects of his game.

Parker's the most NBA ready player in this draft imo.


That said, there's no chance we even get close to any of those.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes @VerySilentJay @theking @thatsagoodpoint Thing about long term ceiling... it doesn't always pan out. 

Also, one must also be weary of those players' who's work ethic and mentality are questioned, which has happened with Wiggins. For all the positives in Wiggins', there are several question marks.

If potential's the case to be made for drafting, why not draft Embiid? Healthy he's easily #1 pick.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes @VerySilentJay @theking @thatsagoodpoint You can control mentality and work ethic? D Cousins' calling, and he begs to differ.

His mentor, Andrew Bynum does too. No even Phil could get a hold of that . Too many players have missed out on big contracts and great NBA moments because of their attitude and mentality.

There's even doubt if he has the attitude to actually live up to all that talent and the potential to become the most dominant player of this draft.

theking
theking

@thatsagoodpoint  right. don't worry we will soon see who is the better player out of parker and wiggins. lets see this elite defense he plays lml