Carmelo Anthony: Phil Jackson addition won't affect free agency
Carmelo Anthony's response to the New York Knicks coming to an agreement for Phil Jackson to oversee basketball operations was basically 'cool story, bro.'
Carmelo says it couldn't hurt to have Jackson involved in front office— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) March 12, 2014
Carmelo says he doesn't see the Jackson acquisition as impacting his FA decision a ton— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) March 12, 2014
Melo, on whether it makes a difference to him if Phil was coaching instead of in front office: Says he has enough knowledge to help anyway— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) March 12, 2014
Should've added before: Carmelo said front-office folks approached him about the Phil Jackson pursuit a few days ago.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) March 12, 2014
Carmelo says he has great respect for Phil Jackson. But said he's actually never spoken to him before.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) March 12, 2014
You have to think Kobe Bryant will have some advice for his friend about the Zen Master, who spent so much time winning titles with Bryant during the past 15 years. As far as Anthony's noncommittal answer, this is mostly his protecting his free agency leverage. Anthony wants the max, doesn't want to start bending toward not getting the max, and is going to protect getting the max.
Anthony can talk all he wants about championships, but comments like this reflect a certain attitude which he's completely entitled to have: he's going to get his.
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