Jackson: ‘Melo is in the future plans’ (UPDATED)

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

The first and foremost questions facing new Knicks President Phil Jackson as he takes the reins of the Knicks are what happens to Carmelo Anthony and how might he fit into the triangle offense going forward.

USATSI_7814005_110579513_lowres“I have no problems with committing to saying Carmelo is in the future plans,” Jackson said. “I think there are a number of things I see Carmelo doing as he moves forward, and I think I was on record saying a year ago that I think Carmelo, as great a player as he is, still has another level he can go to. And I hope together, with the team we create, he can get there.”

Jackson later said in an interview on ESPN 98.7 Radio in New York that he believes Anthony will opt to remain in New York.

“He realizes that there’s … strong hope and there’s a strong reason for him to stay. He added: “‘Financially, its a better opportunity in New York.”

On the same radio program, owner James Dolan was asked what would happen if Jackson wanted to let Anthony depart via free agency.

“It’s his decision, that’s my agreement with him,” Dolan said.

Anthony has said he will opt out and become a free agent this summer but also that he looks forward to meeting with Jackson now that he’s in charge. Anthony told reporters Monday that he’s willing to do “whatever” to help the team win under Jackson.

“As far as knowing what it takes to win, Phil is the best to ever do it,” Anthony said. “So for me to be able to have the opportunity and have him by my side, for him to teach me — I’m still willing to learn the game of basketball. And I haven’t won anything. So he’s won a lot.”

Jackson suggested that Anthony has had success as a “bench” player on the 2012 Olympic team which won a gold medal in London, when he had other great players around him.

Jackson also said he wants the Knicks’ coach — whether it’s Mike Woodson or someone else — to employ aspects of the triangle and that he believes Anthony can accomodate himself accordingly.

“Carmelo’s had a load to carry this year, obviously scoring-load and he’s remarkable in that,” Jackson said. “He showed in the last Olympics that coming off the bench and playing a role as a bench player on a magnificent team that won a gold medal that he can play a role if he has to play a role.

“I think he’s a basketball player and that’s what players want to be able to do. They want to be able to cut, to pass, to be in different spots on the floor to attack or to play. I think that Carmelo will be just fine. I see no problem in it.”

There have been reports that Anthony will leave this summer, which, if true, would give the Knicks huge cap space going forward.

Assuming Anthony does stay, however, Jackson understands that the Knicks must target free agents in 2015 — when Rajon Rondo, Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge become available.

“There’s no doubt that projecting ahead this year’s free agent crew — obviously, we’re fortunate, but we’re not particularly in the running; not a great crop coming this particular year,” Jackson said.

“But next year does have a group of guys together. Steve [Mills] and I are going to work to manage the roster, our financials, so we can have an impact in that area. I think we know we need another solid contributor — someone who can score to help Carmelo along, and who can contribute to the winning experience. So we’re looking forward to it. But we’re not losing sight of the fact that we’re in a game-to-game basis in this business. And we want to provide a team that’s talented, a team people want to come to watch, and a team that’s truly competitive.”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




171 comments
meloin5
meloin5

Melo will handle his biss for $100 million for five years with a no trade contract, just as Phil handle his biss, and the Chip will be in NY in five years.  Making Melo King of New York. 

dogmanx23
dogmanx23

The fact he said look at him as a bench player says enough. 


Melo isn't Kobe or Jordan. He's Pippen, Dumars, Mchale someone elses #2. You know that's not a bad thing. People just need him to be recognized as a #1 for whatever reason. Plenty of #2's had gone down as NBA greats. Nothing wrong with being that. Melo is better suited to be that then the guy to lead a team.  

newyorker9
newyorker9

CAA...F#CK YOU!


Phil is in the house!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

It's totally understandable why Phil is a little defensive about his triangle offense.  Other than him, who has won with it? Phil had very talented and smart players who can play both sides of the ball running that offense. 

We will see whether anyone can run that offense and whether marginal players can run it very successfully.

It should be fun. 

newyorker9
newyorker9

are they still going to protest tomorrow? it's pointless if they do...they should go to Citi Field instead

rgm891
rgm891

All Melo has to do is sign a front loaded deal with us next season like thatsagoodpoint stated.  That move would be unbelievable.  Making 25 million next year and 17 million in 2015. Great thinking man.  

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

So....Phil Jackson thinks the High screen and Roll is amateurish at best....

Nicolas Grant
Nicolas Grant

According to SAS. Phil should be with the Lakers by now,  and Melo will be leaving. Guy doesn't have a clue.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Did anyone hear SAS talking about how he cancelled an interview with Mills hissdtaff had booked? He said where has he been the last 9 months. I don't want to talk him now. How about when the team was losing or at the trade deadline. It was a classic rant.

nixredux
nixredux

@thatsgood

Dolan flies solo.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

I hate Dolan for everything he's done with this franchise, but after today I'm willing to forget and move on to bigger and better things. I truly feel this team and franchise is now headed in the right direction.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Great Knicks Day folks!  We stole the day!  Back to real life tomorrow! We play Indy!    Keep Hope alive! 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Fields is actually making $19 million. Lin got $25 million.

Nicolas Grant
Nicolas Grant

@dogmanx23  Unless your talking about Labron. Who else should he play #2 to?  Waiting

chudogz1
chudogz1

@ Mel Brown... He always gets involved and doesn't let the GM do their job! His ticket prices are the highest in the NBA, yet we haven't won anything since the 70's..... That being said, if he does what he said today, and let Phil run basketball operations, that could change my mind. Unfortunately, we heard the same thing with Donnie Walsh

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@newyorker9 Dolan is everywhere. For a dude that was clogged up for years, he's out whaling like no other.

Nicolas Grant
Nicolas Grant

@sir_manolo  That's bad Karma. we'll  settle for labron just coming

rgm891
rgm891

@sir_manolo  I really believe if he does indeed Miami he's going back to Cleveland with Irving.

babyface
babyface

@newyorker9 You are SO right.  Or perhaps we could all just protest in front of the next meeting between Jimmy D and Jeffie W -- you know, the local chapter of IDIOT SONS OF RICH FATHERS WHO BOUGHT THEM SPORTS TEAMS SO THEY COULD APPEAR TO ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO HOLD DOWN LEGIT JOBS.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@rgm891  

It's not allowed. Raises or lowered salaries are limiyed to a small percentage.

newyorker9
newyorker9

@Nicolas Grant  what the hell is wrong with him? he's mad bipolar

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Biggie That one way to get Melo out of here early. lol

Between the switching on defense and the triangle on offense, everyone gonna have mad headaches!

rgm891
rgm891

@Biggie  Yeah Woodson should be kidnapped that day.  This is how winners are truly made.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Seth Nadler You can't believe those press conferences man. I don't think Phil has signed anything. You?

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Biggie @Knicks_Fanatic 

Exactly, Mills never was allowed to talk to the press by Dolan. Now that he that he took the muzzle off, no one wants to hear anything he says.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn Phil was just asked - does Carmello have to change the way he plays to fill into your philisophy ??

Jakcson - no...we have to get better players around Melo

Nicolas Grant
Nicolas Grant

@Jesus Blas @Nicolas Grant  I would love to have that team where Melo could be a number 2, which means we would be that good. Until then Melo would have to be the man until Phil brings in someone worthy of that position.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 SSOL.  Nash ran that with STATues in PHx.  Felton does it with Chandler but that's the only way for Chandler to score. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 Pringles ran a shoot the ball quickly as you can and as many times as you can.

Woody has no system period! 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 Basically...Phil point was that a two man game high screen n roll..ala d'antoni..is nice but not the best way to win...Spurs incorporate triple double screens and involve all 5 guys when they run a high screen n roll, not a PnR like dantoni woodson do.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 LOL Touche. But they did get to the NBA Finals. 

Duncan and Parker ran that a lot too! 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 Yup, its why they haven't won a ring yet. LOL...no..but theyyre offense is more of a motion.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 Where  u watching OKC yesterday run that time and time again with Durant and Westbrook?

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Kiyan Carter You're not reading me dude.  I said if Phil is to keep Melo it would only be 1 for year and if he sign him to a longer deal it would be for much less so that he could trade him in 2015+.  

That is why Melo will be the one to opt out and leave period.

Come on Happy G, keep up will ya! lol