Melo, STAT look forward to speaking with Phil Jackson

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire want some zen.

Both said they are looking forward to speaking with Phil Jackson, who will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Madison Square Garden.

“Yeah, if he’s coming on board, I’m pretty sure he’s going to want to sit down and talk,” Anthony, who is set to become a free agent this summer, said Friday at practice. “I’m hoping to sit down and just have a conversation. At the end of the day, it’s Phil Jackson, man. I’m pretty sure all you guys would want to have a one-on-one with him. I’m the same.”

Anthony said he hasn’t heard anything official from the Knicks on the Jackson front.

Carmelo Anthony,  Amar'e Stoudemire“Not at all,” he said. “I think you guys know a little bit more than I do as far as when it comes to that, so until something is officially signed then it’s kind of hard to speak on. As players we’re not given details about things like that. We just know it’s out there. It’s a possibility of him coming on board. So when that happens we’ve got to be ready for that.”

Jackson is on record calling the Knicks’ roster “clumsy” and said Anthony and Stoudemire don’t fit well together.

“Stoudemire doesn’t fit together well with Carmelo,” Jackson told HBO’s “Real Sports” in 2012. “Stoudemire’s a really good player. But he’s gotta play in a certain system and a way.  Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can’t stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kinda blend that group together.”

Anthony said his game has evolved over the years, but wasn’t sure how to address Jackson’s critique.

“Maybe at that time I was shooting the ball a little bit too much,” Anthony said. “I really don’t know what to say or how to respond to those comments. In the Post I’ve heard Phil said some things about me. But I don’t take it personal. I don’t take it no way. At that point he was just another guy who had an opinion. So I didn’t really take it personal.”

Stoudemire, meantime, said he, too, is looking forward to talking with the Zen Master.

“Yeah, I mean, I’m an avid fan of Phil Jackson,” said Stoudemire, whose contract runs through 2015. “He has a winning pedigree that’s unmatched, so to have that type of leadership around would be awesome.

“Without a doubt I would love to sit down and just pick his brain about basketball and what it takes to win and so that’s going to be great for us.”


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.





94 comments
David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

New York Islanders #1 clearing problem last year in the playoffs was defense. After the top 3 it drops considerably.

Garth snow has yet to still address and sign another veteran defenseman that can be had without breaking the Bank.

But what do we know, that's why this team is unable to get past the first rd in 22 yrs, lol!

puckdad99
puckdad99

@David Di Gesu 

And now Ehrhoff has gone to the Kings (for only $1.5 mil for 1 year). That leaves Franson as the only quality FA defenseman left. He probably wants a lot of money which is why he's still around. But he'll lower his demands once September comes around and there's no takers. One source says he's only looking for a 1 year deal. Doesn't make much sense, but if it's true, that would fit perfectly for the Isles.

I'd take him in a heartbeat for $3.5 mil for 1 year.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@puckdad99 Good signing for the Kings.. Really nice term and contract. He doesn't fill the hole left by Slava- but it is  start  for the Kings..

jethrono9
jethrono9

In the last 4 posts in the titles there are key words which indicate more than feelings of failure with all involved, words like, could, believes, frustrating, and hoping, words that do not indicate a sense of positivity, and instill a feeling of success with this team so far, and I pray those feelings are put to bed this season, and the post season.

PS I am still praying a for a very good season, even after my move to PA, and hope I can get a sports pkg. with the Isles hockey on it, and not just the SB Pens. or Orange Crud.

jethrono9
jethrono9

More Knick posts? Hey blog people, I don't want to be critical, but get your frigging act together, it's way past time to correct this nonsense. Thank you.

Row Sid
Row Sid

to bad they won't get into the playoffs this year. To many teams got better and the rangers are the rangers. Clutch when it comes down to it. 

WestCoastFan
WestCoastFan

When the dynasty team was cutting its teeth in the years leading up to its championship run, it's learning experiences were: knocking it's soon-to-be hated rivals out of the playoffs with a goal 12 seconds into OT in the deciding game... coming back from 3 behind to win a best of seven, then almost doing it a second round in a row before losing a game 7 to the eventual champions... succumbing to the then-dynasty team two years running, while being the only team to manage to beat them in a game during the playoffs.... a Presidents' Trophy... a semifinal loss to the now-hated rivals.  In each of these years, they had exceptional achievements, winning series' in the process.

If what we've seen thus far constitutes meaningful experience en route to a Stanley Cup, I sincerely hope the players on the current roster have at least 40 years' worth of career in their collective legs.

They need to win at least two rounds this year.

puckznpadz
puckznpadz

Islanders point blank has turned in to Islanders Pointless.  The faithful have been asking for months to get the site fixed. Yet they still cant fix the simple things.Sad

kevinpt
kevinpt

@puckznpadz What's annoying is, at least to my knowledge, there hasn't been any kind of acknowledgement from the site so we know that at least they're trying to fix it. 

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

Don't understand why it bothers people so much. Yea Knicks posts on an isles blog, weird. End of story. It's very simple - don't read them.

kevinpt
kevinpt

@Brian Bradley The posts themselves don't bother me, but it is a reflection on the website as a whole that they can't seem to a fix a simple problem.

jethrono9
jethrono9

@Brian Bradley 

it is an on going problem, perhaps you condone it, but it is annoying to many in here myself included, and why does it take all year to correct it, it is total ineptitude on their part.

j_spikett
j_spikett

love these articles...its always about HOPING and OPTIMISM and all these rosy projections made by the writers of these articles, the fans, the bloggers on here and of course the management of this team. my response...ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hope for what? that somehow snow an abject failure for ten years running who has NEVER built a team capable of winning a playoff series will somehow and someway get a CLUE. double ha ha ha ha. hope that an owner who has been here since clinton was president and has never won a playoff series ha ha ha. what will this owner do before he loess control sign snow to a ten year extension. are these two joined at the hip or do they just revel in being able to produce inept franchises. keep snow in charge. let him keep trading up for smallish players that would have been available after he drafted year after year. let him trade his future picks away for rentals over and over again. let him made poor decisions on top of poor decisions and let this team continue to be a disgrace to those great islander teams that set a RECORD for most consecutive playoff series victories. this regime is just overjoyed to make the playoffs and the fans have lower their bar and expectations as well as their standards.

Stephen Gasperini
Stephen Gasperini

@j_spikett Apparently you haven't been paying attention to what this team has been doing the last few years. Obviously Snow has made a few bone head moves like every other GM in every sport, but overall he has put together a young talented core while bringing in solid pieces like Leddy and Boychuck last year. You are looking at 100+ point team that should not change, and only grow together.......all while not flirting with cap disaster. 


How many teams in the league are in the position we are in now?  Maybe these kids will not be anything more than what they already are. Maybe they will mature and thrive on their past experience. Either way, this is the way the team should be built....... 


I'll tell you one thing. This team has had me either glued to my t.v. or my Coli seat, and enjoying hockey again.... win or lose. In the end, that's really what it's all about.

j_spikett
j_spikett

@j_spikett what position? snow traded a lot of his key draft picks for the next two years for ledgy and boychuk so you need to temper your evaluation of that trade. also the blackhawhs won with out him and you have yet to see the results of what they got for him.  what a player has accomplished in the past has no bearing on what he will do for the isles remember that.odviously you are reading the hype of this article and of management and the players quotes. what are they going to say? rather than rely on words you should look at the history of this program and look at past actions and results of the trades and signings snow has made. what APPEARS to be such great moves have turned into abject failure. you must have suspended you COMMON sense to think that snow has suddenly figured out how to bring a winner here when he has continued to do the same things that have made his existence a disgrace for the history of this team. keep on dreaming and line up with the rest of the LOW standard fans on here that support this regime.

jmoney93
jmoney93

@j_spikett Not a Snow supporter by any means, but you are WAY off with your evaluation of the Leddy and Boychuck deals..... Both are top end D-men that in todays NHL will cost you way more than what Snow paid...In both cases Leddy and Boychuck flourished with more ice and responsibility and would have certainly costed more if they had produced like this with their former teams

kevinpt
kevinpt

@j_spikett I will say that even the most annoyingly pessimistic and optimistic posters here have their redeeming qualities, but you're just the worst. Go root for another team. You'll be less miserable.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@j_spikett i remember you being on metsblog with the exact same attitude and everyone (a MUCH bigger community) absolutely ripped you to shreds.   all i could do is laugh as it confirmed in more than just one sport, you do not know what you are talking about and shouldn't be taken seriously by anyone. 

primus
primus

If you're going to be arrogant and literally laugh at others opinions you might want to take grammar a lesson first.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@j_spikett  Spikett its way too early to be negative. Lets give the boys a chance before we jump all over the team and Snow. The Islanders had 2 first round picks in 2014 Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho Sang and went from zero 1st round picks in 2015 to 2 Mathew Barzel and Anthony Beauvillier. In my book thats 4 1st rounders in the last 2 years. We still have our 2016 and 2017 1st rounders. I'm not happy about some things but I'm at least waiting to see how things go before I start to criticize.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@j_spikett You wrote" snow traded a lot of his key draft picks for the next two years"..



The Isles hold all of their 2017 picks..

so your point is without merit, and has no basis in fact.


In 2016- the Isles lack a second rd pick, a fifth rd pick, and hold either their own or the Canucks 2016 third rd pick..(Pedan trade)

So over the next two years, the Isles lack a second rd and fifth rd pick. 


Try Websters- because the meaning of the word "key" has escaped you..


Without a 2015 first rd pick- the Isles managed to select not once but twice in the first rd this year..


You got any other silly comments concerning this franchise and its prospect pool?



Darryll  McBride
Darryll McBride

The Bricks...lol, Come on Son.. Who wants to try some Dinosaur?

brookdon
brookdon

Press conference Tuesday at 11. It's official!

rgm891
rgm891

11 am. Tuesday Press Conference Book it!!!!!!!

rgm891
rgm891

Hahaha exactly man.  Dolan's plan all along.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

OT:


Doesn't Steve Nash saying he wants the money rather than winning hurt him in chances of getting a decent contract??  Its bizzare hed come out and say it...although hes keeping it real, how does a contender pick him up now after saying this??  Obviously he doesn't care if he plays for the heat or the kings...

rgm891
rgm891

@Jerry Gee  Yeah man ST John's blew it yesterday also to make the big dance.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Carl hill

SAS is giving the story to him.

brookdon
brookdon

Did anyone see the report about Nash admitting the only reason he hasn't retired is for the money? Damn that's bold lol

rgm891
rgm891

@brookdon Haha yeah man Orlando just hooked us up with that.  Insane.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

"I’m not going to retire because I want the money. It’s honest. We want honest athletes, but at the same time, you’re going to have people out there saying ‘He’s so greedy. He’s made x amount of money and he has to take this last little bit.’ Yes, I do, have to take that last little bit. I’m sorry if that is frustrating to some but if they were in my shoes they would do exactly the same thing."

-Steve Nash

This is a prime example of whey you can never believe a player when they say it's about winning.  Here is a guy who has never won a thing, who could be a backup at a lot less than $10mil a year on say Miami with a chance to win. Instead he TELLS us it's about the money. Now I applaud his honesty, but I wish athletes would stop about the winning vs. money mantra.

brookdon
brookdon

As fans we can't kill them for it either. If my boss wanted to overpay me, I'd take it no questions asked and you're a hypocrite if you said otherwise.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@thatsagoodpoint It's so funny because Lebron, Wade, Bosh are lauded about taking less, but it wasn't even that much in the grand scheme of things.  They only discounted MIA about $2.5mil per year. To me, if they sacrificed like $5 per, that would say something.

However, to be fair, they did take less back then, but this is why I doubt they do it again to get Melo in there.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@thatsagoodpoint Wade won't opt out I think. Lebron IS GOING to get a full max.  Riley has to hope Bosh signs with a team under the apron for a S&T, but I do think Bosh gets max money from CHI IF Melo stays.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@brookdon  I agree, but comparing going from $75K to say $82K is a lot different than going from $10mil to 6$ mil.  What a hard pill to swallow for a guy who has made over $110,000,000 in his career.

My heart really bleeds.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Orlando_knickfan

I would never take less $ and i will milk the NBA as long as i can if i was a player. Now what i wont do is never stop competing and stop caring bc i got my money like Eddy Curry, Eric Gordan, & Bargs.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Phil Jakcson deal = $12 million a year....Dolan drove the price down! LOL


Per ESPN.


Also, Kay just said don't be surprised if the Lakers come in and swoop Jackson away. 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

5 PHIL JACKSON COACHING CANDIDATES:


As the new president of the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson has plenty to do to turn around a franchise that hasn't won a title in 41 years. One of his top priorities will be to figure out who's coaching the team next season. Below, we offer five candidates whom Jackson may turn to: 



Steve Kerr: Kerr won four titles while playing for Jackson and the Bulls. He's intimately familiar with Jackson's triangle offense and has expressed an interest in coaching. The one drawback here is that the Knicks would have a first-year president and first-year coach if Kerr is brought on board. 

Byron Scott: The ex-Laker has 13 years of experience on an NBA bench and is well-respected in coaching circles but you have to wonder if the hiring of Scott will go over well with Knicks management and the team's fan base. 

Brian Shaw: Shaw signed a three-year-deal to coach the Denver Nuggets last spring. So it's unlikely that he ends up on the Knicks' bench. But Shaw has strong ties to Jackson. He won three titles with Jackson as a Laker. And he has an intimate knowledge of the triangle.

Phil Jackson: We know Jackson turned down an offer to coach the Knicks and has expressed no desire to return to the bench. But a source told ESPN LA's Ramona Shelburne last week he is open to the possibility of coaching for a short period of time if it was necessary in a transition for a franchise with championship aspirations. So the possibility of Jackson starting next season on the bench shouldn't be summarily dismissed. 



Mike Woodson: This is the long shot of long shots, given how the season has gone. But until the Knicks officially fire Mike Woodson, the possibility that he ends up coaching the team next year should at least be considered. Woodson and Jackson both have a strong affinity for legendary Knicks coach Red Holzman, so maybe that helps Woodson, who is under contract for next season, state his case to remain on the bench when he gets a chance to talk to Jackson. Also, the Knicks have won five straight and are making a late playoff push. 




rgm891
rgm891

@thatsagoodpoint @rgm891@MeloStat301 Phil would see it as a decoy in his coaching deficiencies and attack Woodsons weaknesses.  At least I hope. haha.  I really want no part of him here next season.

rgm891
rgm891

@MeloStat301 ESPN has to be joking. How is Woodson even on the list.  Ultimate trolls

rgm891
rgm891

I want to thank Mr. Woodson for one thing.  If it wasn't for this terrible season, I doubt PJ will be part of our organization!!!!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@rgm891  That's a great point.

His pathetic coaching led Dolan to take serious measures.