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.
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!