Carmelo Anthony: Phil Jackson addition won't affect free agency

Carmelo Anthony says he hasn't spoken with Phil Jackson. (USATSI)
Carmelo Anthony says he hasn't spoken with Phil Jackson. (USATSI)

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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." 

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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