Report: Carmelo Anthony ‘buys into’ Phil Jackson’s plan for Knicks

  • Marcus Burnan
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(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Phil Jackson is the greatest basketball coach of all time, having won multiple championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.  His greatest challenge now lies in doing the same for the New York Knicks, not as a coach but as a team president.

Jackson has a plan for the Knicks and, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Carmelo Anthony buys into the plan as well and could be convinced to re-sign with the team.

All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony probed New York Knicks management on the franchise’s plan to restore a contending roster and left his final free-agency meeting largely aligned with president Phil Jackson’s vision, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

It wouldn’t be a shock to see the All Star forward return to New York, teams are already sure that he’ll return to the Knicks   The only other team which still appears to be in the running for Melo are the Lakers.

In the meeting that included general manager Steve Mills, Jackson dispelled doubts that he was indifferent about Anthony staying with the Knicks, sources said. New York officials have made it clear to Anthony that they need him on the roster to have a chance to attract star players in free agency, sources said. After a week of franchises fawning over him during recruiting trips to Chicago, Houston, Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers, Anthony needed to hear that enthusiasm out of the Knicks’ top management.

Anthony is expected to think about his decision over the 4th of July holiday period and will make his choice next week.  You do have to wonder if the offer of a max-contract from the Lakers and Knicks will have any say in his final decision.

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