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.

 





135 comments
since72
since72

I believe that Snow is trying to find out exactly what Okposo would sign right now.  Contract years are funny in that a great year can get him big bucks elsewhere, or an injury can get him into a year by year situation for much less.  Always a gamble both ways.  5 years at $5.5?  OK.  More?  Go have a great year and we'll talk about it.  He's an above average winger.  Nothing more.

If he is looking for free agent money before the season, Snow may explore the trade market again.  A team on the edge of the playoffs may give up a bit for him.  This would be predicated on how Snow and Cappy feel about dal Colle.  If they think he can step in and get the job done, they may just pull that trigger.

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

Makes no sense whatsoever to open discussions until we see what he does the first 20 games. Eye injuries... 

Mattias Wendhall anyone?

rmvacation
rmvacation

KO had a physical before he returned last year, a physical at the end of the season, would have a physical before signing the deal, and will have a physical before the season begins.

Or do you really think the Isles are gonna sign a guy for millions over years without checking- EVERYTHING. It is SOP for any contract involving a pro athlete.

You do the chat now, because what is the harm? He may come in at a low number because of his eye injury. He may decide a little less for the security and establishing more roots on the Island is worth it. Especially after seeing numbers stay low this off season..In that case, you sign him at a discount.

He may come in with a crazy high number concerning cost and term, which means he is history, so plan accordingly.

Discussing these things now leads to more information, which means a better decision making process.

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

@rmvacation Disagree. There are so many players who have been medically cleared to return from an injury -- and that player never did return. How is Okposo going to handle traffic in the corners, traffic in front of the net -- that's where the sticks come up. No point in discussing what Okposo is worth -- til we see what he's worth.

puckdad99
puckdad99

I wouldn't sign him before the season starts. His second half of last season leaves a lot of open questions. Is he healthy? Are his best days behind him? Let him prove to us over the first few months of the season that he's worth whatever he's asking. By the same token, if he doesn't perform, it lets us prove that he isn't worth what he's asking.

I have a feeling he's looking for $6.5 - $7 mil per. He ain't worth that. But if he scores 25 goals in his first 40 games, I'm willing to change my opinion. OTOH, if he scores 8 goals in his first 40 games, I'm offering him $18 mil for 4 years.

puckdad99
puckdad99

@Michael 

Everyone is trade bait for the right price. I seem to recall that Gretzky got traded.

Wouldn't you trade Tavares for Toews and Keith? (not that it would ever happen)

Tom Greene
Tom Greene

Not loving the resigning of Kyle. If JT needs a friend let the islanders buy him a dog with four legs rather than this two legged one who falls down on his skate and has questionable poor vision. Hope Kyle proves me wrong. His stats are in decline, we are flush with forwards and this maybe waste of cap money. Not liking it and I like Kyle. It's not personal. Never fall in love with fan favorite, never fall in love with the talent--Garth knows these rules.

Lee Forman
Lee Forman

In all seriousness, how reputable is the source? Has any mainstream NHL personality reported this?

Row Sid
Row Sid

this site is a disgrace. Someone should start another blog or go over to the other blogs to post because this is a waste

jethrono9
jethrono9

@rmvacation 

His post reads like Sid Vicious, however if he is referring to the Knick post's he is dead on.

rmvacation
rmvacation

Complaining about a plan, without having a plan of your own- is whining.

My favorite here at IPB is: "Snow should do something, I don't know what Snow should do because I am not a GM, but Snow should something."

rmvacation
rmvacation

Go for it. Otherwise what your doing is called "whining"..

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

Not a doubt in my mind that Okposo get signed to a deal that carries well into his 30's. I don't think he's a 1st line winger, but he'd be a great 2nd line winger. He's also good on face-offs. Yes, I'd welcome a trade for the right price, but I also think that he's valuable to this team in his own right. I think he likes the Islanders and the Islanders like him, which is sometimes better than talent.

vegasvic
vegasvic

Give him 7 yr 6 million a year. That contract would look sweet in 3 years. Contract ends when he's only 34 and he could sign another 3 yr deal if all goes well for a little cheaper. He would still make a chit load of money. Let's go Islanders. Trump 2016

vegasvlo
vegasvlo

@puckdad99 @vegasvic That's 6 million a year. I feel he is worth it. Front load it the first 2 yrs ,just when JT contract is up.

jethrono9
jethrono9

@vegasvic  Too much in money, and years perhaps if he can prove he is healthy, vision wise, he can garner 5.5 or 5.75 for 5 years.

Adam Guttman
Adam Guttman

WTF - how hard is it to fix this damn site.  SNY - if you need me to lend my programmers to take a look because your too cheap let me know.  This is ridiculous.  Look at the number of isles  fans who comment - its worth the time to fix this.  You are going to lose all of us and so goes your advertising here as well.  Isles threads regularly get 50-100-200 responses and all other teams on here combined get those numbers.  Guarantee the advertisers will walk when isles threads have nobody coming here anymore.  

jethrono9
jethrono9

@Adam Guttman 

Adam go for it, its obvious the blog people don't give a rats arse about this blog, the same problems with Knick posts at least since last season, how long does it take to correct it?

gleichzal2
gleichzal2

i was going to say my two cents on okposo.  but reading the basketball comments, i think i'll just say the technical side of this web site is a joke.

donjohnson
donjohnson

Lets not overpay him, if he wants to stay let his contract reflect the stats he has put up over his start with the Islanders.  Okposo is not a true elite scorer, he is a decent winger. 

Chris DeMeo
Chris DeMeo

If I'm him I'm looking for a big pay day. No hometown discount at all......because he's going to get what he wants on the open market.

chrisredux
chrisredux

well you know wangpuke is looking for that hometown discount

rmvacation
rmvacation

And your still looking for a clue. But there is always hope, for Wang..

Mike Pacheco
Mike Pacheco

Don't worry about Nelson, he has ZERO leverage and will sign by camp. Okposo a dif story and I have a feeling that after all those years of bad he wants to be here for the good. I think it will get done.

Mike Sitler
Mike Sitler

of course they are going to talk. but once there is a stale mate, it's bye bye okie. .Nelson will get done.

doc942
doc942

Snow has not lost too many of these contract talks. If he wants a player, he seems to be able to sign the player with the exception of Vanek.  I think Snow wants to keep Okposo and will find a way to make it happen that is both fair and equitable to the team and the player.

Don22
Don22

@doc942 I agree.  Snow will pay what he feels fits with the player and the team.  He has a decent sense of fair market value and will rarely go over it unless it's a big need.  He will pay what the market bears at times, but he won't set the market.


rmvacation
rmvacation

Yep... If the deal doesn't work, he won't sign KO.

Don22
Don22

True.  But there was never any real intention to sign MM.  KO has much more value.

rmvacation
rmvacation

Which is a fair point. And without Moulson, the team scored plenty of goals with cheaper, younger players..

Snow has no fear of going for it- or cutting ties when it suits his "plan, vision, or value system".

James Harding
James Harding

Can they get Nelson under contract first ffs

newyorker9
newyorker9

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

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.

rgm891
rgm891

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

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.

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.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

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

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

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

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

L
L

@lobcity @xmenreturn

Basically Lakers have become disfunction al and we capitalized

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

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

lobcity1
lobcity1

Xmenreturn

The new Dolan. Lol