Phil Jackson, Jose Calderon recruiting Pau Gasol to Knicks

Sam Spiegelman

Knicks president Phil Jackson and newly acquired point guard Jose Calderon are recruiting Pau Gasol to sign with the Knicks, according to the New York Post.

Per the report, the pair is trying to sell Gasol on playing with Carmelo Anthony, continuing to be in the triangle offense and the proximity of the United Nations.

Of course, Jackson has not heard from Anthony, who’s decision may be delayed as long as LeBron James remains mum on his own future. But all along, both ‘Melo and Gasol have shown an interest in playing together.

Calderon plays with Gasol on the Spanish national team, and has been texting his friend about the idea of playing together in New York.

Gasol would have to accept less money to play in New York, but Jackson told reporters during the team’s summer-league practice Thursday that Gasol would be willing to do so in order to play for a winner.

“[Gasol] knows what he has here and what is possible,’’ Jackson said. “He’d like to play with Carmelo and like to play with a winner. We can’t guarantee that, but with him we can guarantee a much better chance.’’

The Knicks could further benefit from adding Gasol at power forward. No person is better suited to recruit his brother, Marc Gasol, when he hits the free-agent market next summer. In addition, the Knicks could have a void at power forward if they ship Amar’e Stoudemire off to Philadelphia.




190 comments
goldbuddha
goldbuddha

It's funny that Melo waited for Lebron's decision. After Lebron's essay, Melo looks like an ass whole if he bolts.

rgm891
rgm891

Lebron doesn't mention Wiggins in his letter with the people he's excited to play with.  Interesting.

DourSiesel
DourSiesel

I wouldnt want to go back to a city whos fans leave early during a finals game either. Imo that was the turning point for him, playing for all those fake fans and realizing he left a franchise that really wouldve truly supported him no matter what.

Charles Reliford
Charles Reliford

I agree with bkguy..Riley HAS to go after Melo now and re sign Bosh.

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

Soon to be released, Melo's own Sports Illustrated article announcement called..."heading to Ohio: my journeys chasing Lebron's nutsack...."

PhilNYCJacksonERA9
PhilNYCJacksonERA9

okay Melo come back home and tell Chicago, Lakers, Miami to go eff themselves. NOW! 

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

It's funny that this entire time, at least Lebron and Wade were out in Vegas training, playing and practicing while Carmelo was too busy getting his coconut oils, lube, and tiger speedos out for his "anniversary with LaLa..."

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Calling it NOW....ROOKIE OF THE YEAR JABARI PARKER.


Wiggins will NOT BE A FOCAL POINT.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

The Dominos will fall quickly. JVG is on Sportscenter and is surprised.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

I hope Melo doesn't go to Cleveland. I'm nervous. 

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

In related news, Carmelo Anthony has signed with...

*crickets...crickets...*

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

"Finally...................crowd roars........."The King....has come baaaaaaaaack to........"


Shut ya candy a$$ up!!!!

rb3b3
rb3b3

I thought the first place lbj decision would be posted was on his website??? Is this 100% official??? Or just another stronger rumor? When did lbj say this to the guy from si??

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

In response, to follow in Lebron's footsteps, Melo is going to Miami, to see if Wade and Bosh can get him rings...

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.

Remember when I was sitting up there at the Boys & Girls Club in 2010? I was thinking, This is really tough. I could feel it. I was leaving something I had spent a long time creating. If I had to do it all over again, I’d obviously do things differently, but I’d still have left. Miami, for me, has been almost like college for other kids. These past four years helped raise me into who I am. I became a better player and a better man. I learned from a franchise that had been where I wanted to go. I will always think of Miami as my second home. Without the experiences I had there, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today.

I went to Miami because of D-Wade and CB. We made sacrifices to keep UD. I loved becoming a big bro to Rio. I believed we could do something magical if we came together. And that’s exactly what we did! The hardest thing to leave is what I built with those guys. I’ve talked to some of them and will talk to others. Nothing will ever change what we accomplished. We are brothers for life.  I also want to thank Micky Arison and Pat Riley for giving me an amazing four years.

I’m doing this essay because I want an opportunity to explain myself uninterrupted. I don’t want anyone thinking: He and Erik Spoelstra didn’t get along. He and Riles didn’t get along. … The Heat couldn’t put the right team together. That’s absolutely not true.

I’m not having a press conference or a party. After this, it’s time to get to work.

When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.

I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when. After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.

To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough. The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned -- seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge? 

I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys. I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates.

But this is not about the roster or the organization. I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.

In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.

I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.


WOW...HIS TEAM DID A NICE JOB WITH THIS.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Read the article, he did a helluva job in that. Even acknowledges that Cle isn't ready this year.

tkb2pac
tkb2pac

wow.  didn't believe it would happen..

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@tommy2b jesus would have to tell me to my face tjat convo was not related bron staying.

Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

I'm starting to believe Melo's indecision derives from his lack of connection to the summer league team. He should be over in Vegas.

po_diddley
po_diddley

Does anyone remember who wrote this post? It was from around December '12. Prob the funniest and most creative ish I've seen in all of my years on this blog.

"It was midmorning when the band found him. He wore tattered homespun, and stood among pieces of rusted armor that were his only protection. He nodded as they approached. They atop their mounts looked down upon him.

"Is that how you greet your betters, knave?" said the old knight Sir Jason.

"Avert your eyes, peasant, lest we remove them from your skull with haste," warned Sir Steven, longbow at the ready.

But still, the ragged man would not look away. "I know you," he said to them all. "You are Ronnie, master of ale. And you are the one called Shump-Shump, guardian of the borders of Elder York. And you..." A hush fell upon them as the man's gaze found its mark. "You are Melo of the Western Moores. The greatest warrior in the land, but not of the same renown as The Bron of Jayms, or Sir Kevvan the Storm-Spider."

"It is Sir Melo now," came the reply. "It has been deemed I am now chivalrous enough for the honor."

"Oh? Good to hear, Sir Melo. And your leader...the Lord Michael, who was born to a woodworker yet raised himself to nobility under the tutelage of Sir Robert, Knight of the Hoosiers."

Lord Michael spake: "Aye, it is us. And we know you as well...Sir Amar-E of the Stoddled Mire!"

There was a gasp, and all the knights climbed off of their horses to greet their former friend. Sir Amar-E told them of his infirmary and of his recovery, and how he wed the Lady Ciara not a few nights ago. It was then that the proud knight exclaimed he was ready to return to the vanguard.

Silence fell again, and the knights looked to Lord Michael, still sitting atop his mount. In his hand floated the magical Baal of

Bass-Ket, an item of great power, able to measure a man by the merest touch. At it's sight, Sir Amar-E donned his armor and readied himself. Lord Michael threw the Baal with all his might...and it went right past Sir Amar-E. skidding in the grass before returning to its keeper.

"Your defense needs work," said Lord Michael. "The vanguard is no place for you. Not anymore. You will be a reserve force, for your warhammer is still mighty."

"But..."

"Baal does not tell untruths!" shouted Sheed the Shameless from his slow donkey beside Lord Michael.

And so Sir Amar-E agreed to retire from the vanguard, and support the war effort for Elder York in any way he could. Yet there was still bad blood between he and Sir Melo that needed to be resolved before victory could be achieved..."

philj
philj

@orlando_knickfan Oh snap Melo just got called out....Whats he gonna do? Seriously this is getting annoying. What is Melo gonna do?

philj
philj

@rgm891 Hinting at a Wiggins trade for K Love????

philj
philj

@Scott Berger-Felder Ik. It sucks this leads to more indecision. All I know is that if I am Melo I am in no rush to sign now as now the Heat will try to become major players

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

I guarantee Melo got more of a workout

1harris1
1harris1

I'd be shocked if he wound up there. No way LaLa is giving up NY or LA for Ckeveland.

1harris1
1harris1

Yep. I never thought he'd come back to Gilbert. I was wrong. So was Padre Riles.

1harris1
1harris1

Melo's coming to bat next.

1harris1
1harris1

WOW!

You're up next Melo.

rico
rico

@lobcity Lebron going to Brasil to play for whomever wins the world cup.  

rico
rico

@philj @Scott Berger-Felder we have been wishing for that but you'd think Phil would have made the trade to off the Bargs and Amare salaries or exhausted his possibilities by now.



philj
philj

@pagey72 Honestly I think it is whether Phil will be able to move enought money to get Bron in with Melo.  Maybe the first domino to fall is Stat and Bargs being traded. We don't know

rico
rico

@philj @pagey72 Wasn't there something yesterday from Phil that he was still confident about Melo but not so much on moving the salaries?