Phil Jackson wines and dines Carmelo

Phil Jackson took Carmelo Anthony out for a two-hour dinner on Tuesday night (Isola, April 30).

With the Chicago Bulls rumored to be trying to make a play for Anthony, Jackson and ‘Melo dined at the American Cut steakhouse in TriBeCa.

“Carmelo Anthony & Phil Jackson in private conversation @ American Cut TriBeCa. Rumor overheard Carmelo going to Bulls!” Instagram user Josh Wolfe posted, with the photo below.

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Let the show begin. Jackson has begun the process of courting Carmelo Anthony. It’s a tricky situation because Jackson has to make the case that less money and another year in the middle is best for the soon-to-be-30 Anthony.

If I wanted any one person to make this case, it’s Phil. His legacy of building dynasties has to appeal to Anthony who is longing for that first title. The collapse of the Bulls in the first round makes their decision even easier. If Anthony decides he wants out of New York, you’d imagine he’d be welcomed to the Windy City with open arms.

I have faith in Phil that he gets this taken care of. Anthony seems to enjoy Nee York and while we will have to sit through him going out on dinner dates in Los Angeles and Chicago, I believe he will eventually be back at the Garden next season.

Good luck, Phil!








312 comments
Vaughn Allen
Vaughn Allen

Just looking at how the season and playoffs are panning out. How can any player or coach point to any situation and suggest they're contenders!! 

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

what are the odds the Lakers throw 5 mil a year and a serious share in the decision making process at Steve Kerr?


He'd have to consider it seriously. Stay ont eh west coast near his familiy for a storied franchise.. and the Buss son sticks it to Phil and his sister.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Phil already got his answer from Melo at the exit interview..Melo said "Im on the team" .. "ill give a little back if it helps".. and Phila greed that would be a good thing.. So the plan was hatched RIGHT THERE.


This meeting at a high profile steak house is nothing but the dog and pony show to get Proko off the back pages.  Melo and phil are sitting down for Beef and plotting the plan in full site of every smartphone in the restaurant.. Though a Private Room Phil is sitting at the bar waiting for Melo then everyone sees them and start hatching their "covert photo" plans.  Back Page stolen.. 


Melo idolizes Phil.  He said it's an honor and a privilege to speak with Phil about basketball.  


If Phil was still having meetings with Melo to try and Woo him to NY he'd do it in COMPLETE Privacy to avoid the embarrassment  of a story he doesnt know the ending to.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

X-Menreturns believes since Melo and Phil met at a Steakhouse...its Phils way of telling Melo to go to the Bulls....get it?  Cows...Bulls...Steaks??  Oh My!!!

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

HEre's Berman with the details.. 


Sources told The Post Jackson arrived at American Cut at 8:30 p.m. and waited at the bar. Anthony arrived soon after to meet him, a witness said. The duo was then seen heading through the dining room and into the “ultra-private” Black Room in the back of the restaurant.

The room seats 16, but Jackson and Anthony were alone, the source said, describing it as a place with marble tables and leather chairs. They met for two hours before leaving, the witness said. A source said the duo was in “deep conversation” during their meeting — a good sign.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB You know you have a loooooooong history of being wrong here don't ya?

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@BiggieTKB Makes sense...remember...Phil at the presser last week said he spoke with Melo already but obviously couldn't say any details.  It seems to me Phil already had that talk with Melo in private...which nobody knew about until Phil said it in the presser...now they are out having dinner on the town...Phil is pretty confident he has Melo back this season.


Obviously this is me speculating...but I can see it going down this way.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 No dummy! My pt was that they both need to do this for PR reason alone. That's normal!  I would have expected this to occur much earlier.  

Despite what some of the comments about hearing Melo going to the Bulls, this does not tell us anything.

This is a thing that needed to occur regardless of what is to occur.

Keep up will ya! 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB Sp private we got pictures and comments that Melo was talking about going to the Bulls!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@BiggieTKB 2 hours is a lot to talk about with another man....they weren't talking about the weather..good sign indeed.


BUT..it is berman..so...

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@xmenreturn @BiggieTKB  in a world where everyone walks around with a 5 plus megapixel camera nothing is truly out of the public's eye,


not that it matters..or maybe it does.. but josh wolfe (the photo stalker) is a reporter for Forbes

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @BiggieTKB Doesn't surprise me couple pics were taken...this day in age nothing is totally "private"...we saw what happened with sterling right??

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB This is not about being wrong some of the time. You are wrong all of the time.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingofny better!  Was that so bad?  Buckle up now, D Bus B movin!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingofny Come on JR, I just got to us to stop using CORNY and here you are again! lol  

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingofny Have you been boiling any left over bunnies from Easter?  

If Melo leaves, we really gonna have to send over an ambulance for you! You are totally in luv! Fatal attraction!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingofny OMG. Melo is our superstar and has options dude!  Say Phil didn't really want Melo, he still may need to get Melo to do a sign and trade by going this step. 

Phil has to be smart about this and not let ego alone rule things. 

In the corporate world which many of you are in, there are many ways to get a person to leave than firing them!  Think about that for a minute! 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingofny Melo is our so-called superstar and he can opt out and leave!  

It would be malfeasance for Phil not to do this.  I expected this to be done much earlier.

Who cares what AB and STATS think.  Phil would walk them to the door because no one cares about them!  

Keep up Kid! lol You gave me that boxing website but you sure you haven't been hit with too many punches yourself? lol

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@xmenreturn  so simply one question.. why would phil want to have the news conference after Melo leaves and say something like "We tried but Melo made his decision"//


Phil would look the fool.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB For the zillion time with you.  I disagree! lol   Let's see how this play out!  

You know with all your wonderful predictions, I'm felling pretty good and confident right now!  lol 

I'm good!  

 It's not about hedging hsi bets, It's about Phil not needing to have his hands all over Melo leaving when Melo can do that himself.

There is no reason for Phil to take the hit for letting Melo go when Melo can see the writing on the wall and leave on his own. Also is there a chance for Phil to have Melo do a sign and trade, it would help him and us.  

He has to go the this step or he's not that great of a FO guy imo.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@xmenreturn @BiggieTKB  WRONG!!  Phil is in town to be the BOSS>>  


IF he was hedging his bets he can easily tell the assembled sheep that Melo isnt a great fit and he'd be better off elsewhere and we gotta start from scratch.. yadda yadda.. and people would buy in..


But Phil dont wanna do that.. he wants melo here and knows he'll stay and is getting out in public on Nets game night.. that's the PR Game..

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@knicksgirl35    GO OUT WITH XMEN PLEASE!!!  WE'LL STAY AWAY..


it's gonna be priceless when you come back and bag on what a toothless creep he is.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB YIKES!  If Phil really is not into Melo or believe he is HIG Guy, he still has to go through the motion period. 

Phil is not that bod to just say I don't want Melo to the world and then watch Melo go to the Bulls and maybe wina  ring next year! 

That would be totally dumb!  I would lose faith in Phil being a smart operator!

This ain't just about Phil convincing Melo to stay, there are real issues that needs to be decided.

Melo has a real choice to stay for less when Phil can't get him much help next year and he can opt out for better pastures. 

This is a chess match going on and although we speculate we don't know the true goals or intentions of either! 

That's why we blog! lol 

 

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@xmenreturn @BiggieTKB  No.  If Im Phil Jackson and Im a player of god-like proportions I dont want my first move as Boss to be a failure..


So if phil does as you say and says.. i met with Melo and we just couldnt get it done.. I tried REALL hard..then he looks like a loser.. 


Phil being a full gangster if he didnt know he had Melo in his pocket he would never meet with im in public.


One thing you're right about.. Phil aint going out in public with Melo to NOT be seen.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@knicksgirl35 You would lose! lol 

If we met there for dinner, we would see about 5 dudes with large Helmets outside with iphones pointed at the restaurant! lol

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@xmenreturn  Wanna bet dinner in Tribeca if Melo stays? Just kidding. lol

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 You're clueless on this. PR is on everybody's mind at that level.  Perception is reality! 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 PLEASE! Phil is not the coach now.  He's the FO guy that is brought here to do a miracle.  He has to get along with players and not alienate them because they all talk to each other.  Phil is human period!  He does not want to be the guy to come here and let Melo go without looking like he put some effort trying to see if Melo was on board to his plans.  

Imagine Melo win next year for the Bulls and we still suck?  The pressure for Phil o get it done will surely rise! Phil knows this. If he truly does not want Melo, he needs or would like to make this Melo's decision to leave.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @BiggieTKB That's not Phil Jackson M.O...this is the guy who told the Lakers FO and the media...that he basically had enough of Kobe and wanted him gone.  He has brass ones man...Phil don't play those games.  He says what he says...and means what he means.


He's an 11 time champion...he wont care if he gets bad press on a melo situation, believe that.  Phil didn't take a GM job that he has wanted for awhile to play games.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB I get that but you don't seem to even ponder that maybe Phil or Melo is trying to position themselves for the PR game.  

If Melo opts and leave, don't ya think Phil would want to get out there that he meet with Melo at some pt and tried to convince him to stay and etc?

I sure would even if I didn't really want it to occur because I don't  want my hands on Melo leaving due to me especially when he can go win a ring maybe for the Bulls.

Also, Melo wants to show the Fans that he was willing to listen to what Phil had to say and etc. 

We know Melo cares about his image and didn't want to be label a coach killa! 

There's a game within the game man! 

I expect both to be playing this because I surely would.  

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@BiggieTKB  So he picked one of Melo's favorites for this meeting. Very interesting.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

also, Melo and LaLa are known to hold charity events at American Cut

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@knicksgirl35 2 Hours ain't much when it's about making millions and determining where you might play at. next year.

I would have spent the night with Phil (providing we had on our beds) just to make sure I am truly hearing what he is saying.

This may be Melo's last huge decision in his prime to decide where he wants to play.  He would be wise to take his time and think this through and do  what's best for him and him family period.


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 LOL  Nah, I'm more like Bony T from Boomerrang! lol  

Remember Chris Rock played that character.  

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 What truth?  Truth is that they are meeting...and this is the second time they talk...Phil mentioned they had a convo already...and now this...Its Melooooooo!!!! (gypsy lady voice) LOL.


Deal with it.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 LOL  If you're those two why be in such a haste?  It great they take their time and have a great meal.

They both win! They got the word out that they met for 2 hours and that's not out there by chance. 

This is a PR maneuver and it's fine.  I would have expected this meeting to take place even much earlier!

We can think what we want but the truth will surface at some pt.  

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 an Hour is more than enough time to eat and spend with somebody especially if its just two people...they were really talking it out man.


Acoording to you... Convo should go


Phil: "Melo, sign for less.."

Melo: "Nah, im good, I want to win next year thinking chi-town"

Phil:  "Chi-town is a great city...thanks for your time..steak here is great"


Hour tops.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 You are so guillable!  They are eating playa! This is not Mickadees are the drive-thru! 

The both are at this PR game dude! Get real! 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @kingofny Yea..he could've easily met with him for an hour...but he surely is showing "going the mile" by spending 2 hours with Melo...lol...just give it up X...you keep making yourself sound like a grade school kid who doesn't want to be proven wrong.  Its silly...

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingofny Yeah I agree!  This wasn't suppose to be that private anyway.  This is a great way for them to finally get that out. 

It's all about PR control now in case Melo leaves.  Phil surely needs to show that he went the mile to work with Melo.  Understood. Either one might have leaked this pic! Maybe the 2 pics are one from Phil and other other Melo! lol.