Woody to Bulls: Hands Off Melo

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Keep your hands off Melo.

That was Mike Woodson’s message to Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls in the wake of Chris Broussard’s report that Noah tampered with Anthony at the All-Star Game in New Orleans.

“I’m not going to get into all of that,” Woodson said Thursday on ESPN Radio, according to the New York Post. “You know legally nobody can at this point. Melo is still wearing a Knicks uniform, and I hope he stays with the Knicks for the rest of his career. I’ve always said that. So whatever was said between Noah and the Chicago Bulls, that’s on them.”

As reported Thursday on TKB, Broussard cited sources saying that Noah told Anthony he should come to Chicago after he opts out this summer because he would have a better chance to win there than in Los Angeles or New York.

“Look, you could go to Los Angeles,” Broussard quoted Noah as saying. “But if you want to win a ring, if you want your legacy to be about winning, come to Chicago.”

Anthony reportedly told Noah that Derrick Rose was his son’s favorite player.

The Post also reported that Anthony and Noah exchanged greetings in a family room last Sunday in Chicago after the Bulls spanked the Knicks, 109-90.

Anthony stands to make $129 million over five years in New York, and $96 million over four years elsewhere. He has said he would take “a pay cut” to stay with the Knicks if they can build a championship contender.


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.




61 comments
chudogz1
chudogz1

The front office puts these reports out yearly, to try n act like they are attempting to better the franchise.... Who wants to work with a muzzle on???? FOH

rgm891
rgm891

Jim Dolan offer Phil Jackson a blank check and call it a day man.  It's that simple. 

Mets0987
Mets0987

I'm in Florida, would you drive from Florida to L.A to get Phil Jackson to coach the Knicks?

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

Next headline:

Sources say Dolan has pulled back all communication with Phil Jackson. Dolan was quoted "Who does this guy think he is requesting to speak to me face to face?" Knicks are looking to extend Mike Woodson for 2 years because he is the right man for the job.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Dolan does everything to FVck things up

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Stephen A. Smith reports S. Mills flew to L.A. to meet with Jackson. He adds, his sources advised Phil is not that interested and was not happy that Dolan wasn't present. Says, Woodson's days are numbered and will be over at seasons end.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Give Phil, everything, coach, gm, ownership..like Parcells says let him do the shopping for the groceries..But I'm never going to get my hopes up

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Makes sense, rumors swirl Melo leaving Chicago, let's leak rumors Knicks are going after Pjax, which I already thought he said he wouldn't coach again

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Via espn

The latest rumble in coaching circles holds that Madison Square Garden chairman Jim Dolan is keeping Woodson around purely because he knows that making major changes to the roster before next season -- given New York's lack of draft picks and cap space and limited trade assets -- will be extremely difficult.

Which leaves Dolan, in terms of pitching Carmelo Anthony to stay this summer, with little else to say besides: Woody was the problem!

In other words: Keep the alleged problem around to the very last drop of this nightmare season -- and then hustle him out the door, painting a coaching change as a cure-all.

But making an in-season change, from Dolan's perspective, creates the possibility that everyone starts to see that Woody is clearly not the Knicks' biggest problem.

Which would theoretically give Melo even more reason to look around if he goes through with his long-planned intent to become a free agent July 1.

More than one plugged-in observer has insisted to me that this is indeed Dolan's strategy. He's going to remind the 29-year-old that he can't get $130 million anywhere else, pledge to import a worthy co-superstar no later than the summer of 2015 ... and tell him that an A-list coach will be hired right away to replace the guy who's been holding the Knicks back and elevate this team immediately.

Luckily for the Knicks, that approach might even work ... albeit mostly because Melo is said to be looking for every reason to stay in New York.

Cynics will say it's the $130 million he really can't bear to leave, but those who know Melo best insist that slinking away from the ballyhooed MSG stage -- and thus admitting to the world that he had to go elsewhere and attach himself to better help to win -- would wound him.

Sources say that, for all the Knicks' well-chronicled ties to Creative Artists Agency, there has been some sentiment within the organization to dump the CAA-repped Woodson as far back as Christmas.

And then the search for the coach who can help convince Melo to stay can begin in earnest.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

don't give me a heart attack. is this legit?

melo7
melo7

Espn just doesn't have anything to talk about

jax13
jax13

Is this for real? Nothing on espn radio

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Just when I didn't plan on listening to the show, SAS draws me back in for today. #ProductivityShot

jax13
jax13

Phil jax for gm/ coach...whatever the zen master wants! Is this serious? If yes, it's a huge step that they even reached out to him.

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Wherever Melo goes or if he stays rest on what Dolan and Company can present after the Season. If Dolan/Mills has a crazy trick up their sleeves like landing Lebron or an impact Max player and a proven winning Coach

we'll keep Melo

but in closing let's enjoy these last 19 games Melo will give us 

and if his loyalty causes him to stay so be it.

if not best of luck where he goes he's a scoring machine that deserves a shot at a Ring. 

in my opinion Amare should Opt out too to take a pay cut for us to help secure more help 


hashburry
hashburry

Woodson should just worry about getting his resume in order.  I am pretty sure tampering rules do not extend to players.  And who has ever been worse or more obvious than Amare and Melo and their embarrassing attempts to recruit CP3.?

lobcity1
lobcity1

Like i mentioned before, wait until the off-season. Alot of teams positioning themselves to land Melo. A winning team will clear cap to get Melo without a doubt but you wont know until the season is over. He will go to a winning team and get his money period! Melo is gone folks.

bigdishing
bigdishing

We can offer Melo what no one else can: if he can win a chip for the Knicks (not two or three, but just one) he will be immortal. His celebrity and legacy in NY would be cemented forever. Really, he'd be the envy of every other star. 


And it's not because NY is unique or better, but just because we've been putrid for so long and haven't won a ring in like two generations. 

bigdishing
bigdishing

So he'd have to take about half the money, hope Rose is healthy, and then still only be in the conversation with Miami and Indiana. And if he did get a chip or two, they'd say but Michael got six. Oh, and he'd have to live in Chicago. Interesting, but I don't see it.  

chudogz1
chudogz1

@zdiddy4nyk. He needs to apply for the GM position... SMH

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

@zdiddy4nyk Please don't get your hopes up, that's the best thing the Knicks franchise are able to do is get your hopes up, just to be let down..this is all a publicity stunt. Rumors Melo is leaving to Chicago, then let's respond by throwing out Phil

rgm891
rgm891

@Mets0987  In a heartbeat man.  No questions asked.  Best road trip ever.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Seth.

Even more of a reason to be out there on the 19th and protest MSG. IM READY!!!

lobcity1
lobcity1

Biggie

Phil always wanted to coach here. He was willing to coach last season but the Big dummy didn't want to hire him.

melo7
melo7

He's not interested

lobcity1
lobcity1

Zdiddy.

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa babyyyyyyyyyyy

#keepmelo

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@zdiddy4nyk Will Phill risk Failing in NY after being successful everywhere else??  This franchise is very toxic...and I'm a die hard Knicks fan obviously..with that said,...I'd welcome him with open arms.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Zdiddy.

Yea i think cap space and picks is the way to go. We would have a chance to pick up free agents and get young talent. I do not want to trade for an overrated player like Griffin.

hashburry
hashburry

@bigdishing  Melo will be chasing a championship when he is in depends, like Barkley.  i would bet money he will take the bag of cash Dolan offers him and play with the Knicks until he is no longer relevant in this league.  That said, there is no conceivable way this franchise will be able to put together a team that could actually win a championship.  Although, it has been 40 years, so maybe they are due.  How long did it take the Rangers?  54 years?

lobcity1
lobcity1

Bigdishing.

Every body wants him to leave NY.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@bigdishing  I don't see it either and LaLa has NY and LA business dealings. It is highly unlikely that he goes to Chi.

hashburry
hashburry

@zdiddy4nyk  I stand corrected on who said it, but my real point is that players are always recruiting.  It means nothing and is not tampering.  Woody sounds like an idiot addressing it.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Seth.. Take days off and drive here lol

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@hashburry @zdiddy4nyk  he is an idiot. he talks like he has a 3rd grade reading level. little 3rd graders have a better vocabulary.