Melo calls Jackson hiring a ‘power move'; Chandler says Phil will attract free agents

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Carmelo Anthony is a chess player.

And he seems impressed with the Knicks’ biggest move in years: the hiring of Phil Jackson as President of Basketball Operations.

“I’m a chess player, so that was a power move right there,” Anthony said with a big smile after putting up 23 points and seven rebounds in the Knicks’ 115-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, their sixth straight victory.

“You know what I mean? Now what we gonna see what’s the next move, but that was a great power move.”

The next move will come sometime after Tuesday when Jackson is formally introduced at a press conference that is sure to be an event.

Anthony has said he plans to opt out and become a free agent this summer, but he also has said he would take a pay cut to remain in New York if he believes they are trying to build a championship contender.

He said he’s looking forward to speaking directly with Jackson about his plans for the Knicks. Anthony said he won’t consult his friends Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan for their impressions of Jackson.

“I’d rather sit down with Phil myself, hear his plan and try to talk to him and try to figure everything out, rather than seeking advice from somebody else,” Anthony said. “I’d rather build that relationship on my own.”

Anthony said he hasn’t spoken directly with Jackson yet, but believes Phil can change the culture of the Knicks.

“Phil knows what to do, how to build teams, how to win,” Anthony said. “That’s the most important thing. When you know how to win, whether you’re a coach ,whether you’re in the front office that stands out.”

Tyson Chandler said he believes Jackson — who may split time between the East and West Coasts — will be “hands-on.”

“I can see him being hands-on, the type of competitor that he is,” said Chandler, who returned after missing two games because of a family illness. “I can see him really taking time out with certain individuals and really maximizing the talent that we have and getting us all to come together for a common goal.”

Chandler also said Jackson’s star power could attract free agents to the Knicks going forward, especially in 2015 when they will have cap space for players like Rajon Rondo, Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge.

“I could see that, I can definitely see that,” he said. “Phil has a way of bringing the best out of players and maximizing their talent.”


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.

 




95 comments
newyorker9
newyorker9

I hate the hawks I hate the nuggets. this team woke up so LATE....jesus help us!!!!

rgm891
rgm891

Hawks playing so well right now! What a fail. Ex knicks cant do anything right

nixredux
nixredux

@xmen

I don't even know what Jeannie does as the Lakers Prez. She's sorta chicken headed, I'm sure she was Phil biggest advocate but she's got no real juice other than carrying her dog around lakers facility. Maybe that keeps her out of trouble?

Thankfully her brother's the one with the hammer, saying no fvcken way Phils comin back. I guess I don't mind admitting that we were Phil's sloppy seconds. Worked out for us in the end. Good thing Dolan didn't ask for Magic's advice this time, he prolly would have told him to give Isaaih another chance.

nixredux
nixredux

@lobcity

Not surprised by that news. As soon as they decided Dantoini was gone, Phil was automatically in their discussions. Doesn't hurt that he won for them before and is bangin' a Buss.

Makes me wonder which team Phil would have chosen- all things being equal. Prolly the Lakers, I think.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Jackson has been talking to the Knicks for several months. Buss family knew all along, discussed among all six kids several times.

Twitter

nixredux
nixredux

Yea we did lose to them before and those L's could be our undoing. But now there seems to be a sense of urgency.

Too little to late? I hope not, but our margin for error is small. We'll see what happens. I mean, this could be the last time we see Melo play in a Knicks uniform.

L
L

So I guess we can scratch the Lakers off of Melo's teams to go to. They are dysfunctional. According to Kobe... So I guess he goes to Chicago with Amare2 (Rose)?!!!

When I look at the Knicks play I see the main problem as Amare making 20 million. What of we had a player worth that money? Love or Rondo? Saying this I don't think we need a total rebuild.

nixredux
nixredux

These Knicks play up to better teams and usually play down to shidy teams. The fact that we're beating up the bad teams right now is a good sign.

It's not unbelievable to think that we can turn this around and make the playoffs but I hope we're not too late. That would suck knowing we didn't make the playoffs cause we got blown out by the likes of the bobcats/76ers.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Call me crazy, but I'm of the opinion that with a tweak at yhe PG, Melo coming back, getting a couple of rugged front line players on the cheap, and a new coach; we could be a top 4 team in the east next year.

Obviously new offensive and defensive philosophies come with a new coach whic is paramount.

Jesse Brand
Jesse Brand

Rgm how do you feel about pj hiring?

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@newyorker9  The "coach" actually remembered how to do his job about 2 weeks ago.

I don't expect more or less.

It is what it is.

We're f!ckd, no matte how you try to dress it. Phil will bring winds of change, but until then.... we got what we got.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@rgm891  Actually, Hawks aren't playing for sh!tl. They literally remembered how to play about a week ago.

To rely on other teams tells you just how mediocre you really are.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@nixredux The son never was going to pick Phil. That's the issue there even though his sister is the President.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@lobcity Most likely and younger Buss wanted no part of Jackson. Ego want let Jackson and his sister basically run things. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@nixredux  At this point in the season, given the way we've played, there's nothing "good" or "positive" about this team.

This season has been a disappointment in every sense of the word. 

Jax's hiring has been the only thing that saved the season.

zebeto
zebeto

@orlando_knickfan ..i said basicly the same thing a few Topics back ........maybe Phil doesnt have to start from 0 .......a couple syrgical strikes and getting rid of a logjam or 2 (jr , bargs)..and knick can be competetive , particularly with the right coach .

tdzo
tdzo

@orlando_knickfan If Phil picks a coach who will run the triangle, then it isn't that important to have an all star PG. But obviously it's got to be someone better than who we have currently. 


L
L

Melo haters I think u should get used to seeing him around. Melo does not leave based on a legacy tied to PJ..

Jordan and Pippen

Kobe and Shaq

Melo and ???

Sandro
Sandro

@orlando_knickfan

All we need is a new coach, and we can be a top 4 team in the East.

The East is that bad.

rgm891
rgm891

I feel great man. I just hope people will be patient with the guy with this process of transforming our roster into a contender. 5 years is a perfect amount of time and I think by 2015 we should be a couple of little pieces away in order to go for it all man. Just curious to see his plan and what players he will target and who he believes deserve that money over other potential free agents. Having the luxury of being able to have options in 2015 free agency is the reason why I believe we will not strike out and pull a 2010 with stat. This offseason will obviously be the start of it all. I believe melo will eventually sign for around 14 15 million a year once he eventually opts out. Not the end of the world though if he leaves though. PJ will demand a quality player back in exchange for melo such as harden if thats the case. But PJ doesnt want to do a total rebuild it seems because of the timetable hes here for and his age so he knows we need to keep melo here and build around him just like they convinced jordan to do the same with the bulls. There will be some amnesty players this offseason we can grab. I am also curious to see what knick players he wants to stay on the team man. Make some moves in the offseason with some trades minor addition and a whole new coaching staff. If he truly cant convince melo on this plan than thats not on melo and melo alone. I believe 2014 will not be that lost of a season as people think it will eventually be also. New hope and new motovation.Thats my take on it and lets go knicks man!!!! How u feel?

L
L

@lobcity @xmenreturn

Basically Lakers have become disfunction al and we capitalized

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Biggie @nixreduxYes we did and beating a few of them now does not make us good. 

Let see who we play against Indy.

kidrobot
kidrobot

@L  more like ??? and Melo if you want any chance of winning with Melo.  He needs to be the other guy

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Just looking at what we have and how the system is, we can't win with that. Dont tell me that the raptors have better talent as opposed to a good system in place and a good coach

lobcity1
lobcity1

Xmenreturn

The new Dolan. Lol

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@L LOL That's what happens sometimes when the dad leaves the team to his undeserving son(s). lol

Jean Marc
Jean Marc

@Sandro @bockers@BiggieCole is better than Tyler. Watch them play carefully. Cole is actually a defensive presence who protects the paint. Tyler has the same porous hand as chandler

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@L  No. We don't. You just need a high bball IQ player that can shoot.


VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@L  Pass the weed the friend.

None of what you said will actually come to pass.

Maybe the FA in 2015. Maybe.

L
L

@ xmenreturn I think Phil puts his rings on the table and tells Melo 'Ask about me'!! He then tells Melo to call your buddy Kobe and your sneaker boss The GOAT.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@L LOL I would luv be a fly on the wall for that meeting between Phil and Melo.  That should be interesting. Let's see how much Melo would be willing to take less to stay and be in Phil's plans.

L
L

@xmenreturn

I dont like the max money thing. Not because Melo aint worth it. Its based on that crazy CBA nonsense.

I say keep Melo and use that Zen s### on Melo. Lol

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@L That's certainly one way to go.  I'm anxious to see how Phil feels about Melo because that will set the cards in motion for sure.  He certainly should give him max money to stay here.

L
L

@xmenreturn

I start with Melo if I was PJ. I use the Zen magic and have Melo bring his buddy Lebron. But definitely dont just wait Lebron.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@L If he opts out, I doubt we can get much for him if anything.  The play for me is LBJ and I hope Phil can make that happen some how.  He's with us now so he can't tamper of course. 

If LBJ opts out this year and sign a 1 year contract with the Heat then it's on. If not, then its on to plan B or C.

L
L

@xmenreturn

I think we make playoffs next year. Not contend for title. 2015 I feel more comfortable bringing in one Superstar and not two. I dont think its good to let Melo or even trade him for a couple draft choices hoping they become a scoring champ or player of that caliber

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@L Maybe in 2015 yes but not next year for sure because we can't bring in anyone.

I've a;ways stated that it's about 2015 and I'm not sold that Phil wants one of the 2 03 3 key persons to be Melo. We shall see. 

L
L

@ xmenreturn

So are you relling me that if we had a different player making 20 million that is worth it we wouldnt be a top 3 team?

If you notice I have 2015 listed. So we assume that the bad contracts are gone

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Sandro @bockers@BiggieWell Melo says he wants to sit down with Phil now and he also says he will take less and then he will opt out.  

As I've said all along, players will say anything.. lets see what they do.

It's all about 2015 whether Melo stays or no and I think he's a gonna one way or the other.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@L Please!  This roster is not going to contend in the East let alone winning a ring.  We have a shot in 2015 maybe if Phil makes good moves.

L
L

With triangle offense do we still need star pg?

L
L

@Sandro

Roster is poorly constructed. Thats why we don't need a total rebuild.

JR back to bench

Felton to bench

Bring in starting point guard

Steve Kerr as GM or coach

Carmelo less then max

Tim Jr develops next year as starter

Top tier free agent in 2015

Couple other tweaks

Sandro
Sandro

@bockers @Sandro@Biggie

Phil Jackson is more of a free-agent magnet than Carmelo Anthony.

If Carmelo wants the max extension, sign and trade him for Houston for their young gems.

Let Phil Jackson work his magic on these kids during 2015, where we can tank so we can draft high with our pick.

Then attack the 2015 free agency pool with Phil's 13 rings and 80% of cap space available.

Sandro
Sandro

@bockers @Biggie@Sandro

I don't even want to retain Carmelo if it means 130 mil, but that's another story.

Melo at a paycut, Tyler and Timmy are the only players I would bring next season.

Sandro
Sandro

@Biggie @Sandro

This roster is poorly constructed.

We have 3 shooting guards that can be starters in the NBA.
Yet, we don't have a single PG that can be a starter in the NBA.

The Knicks were one of the best scoring teams in 2013.
They got killed by Indiana on hustle, rebounding and defense.

What did they do for 2014?
They spent the little assets they had on Bargnani, a guy that doesn't hustle, doesn't rebound and doesn't defend.

This roster is a mess, and this Knicks team suck.

They only have the talent to be a Top 4 team in the East because they are a lesser mess than the others.

And even so, your boy Woodson was able to turn a team with a Top 10 player in the NBA, into a team that is struggling to get to the playoffs.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

it is, it needs tweaks for next year sinc we cannot do wholesale changes. The coaching however has compiundes the issue.

Sandro
Sandro

@Biggie @Sandro

I always said they were. But it's not because they're good.

It's because pretty much everyone else sucks