If the latest reports prove to be true, it seems like Phil Jackson will return to the New York Knicks as the head of basketball operations. The New York Post, citing a league source, reports today:
“Jackson has reached an agreement in principle to oversee the the Knicks basketball operations and “president” will be in his title.”
If the deal is really imminent, what does that mean for Knicks’ star Carmelo Anthony?
After the news that the Knicks were in discussion with bringing Jackson aboard broke last week, it was Anthony who appeared perturbed that he wasn’t brought into the mix—a courtesy often extended to franchise players. Here’s what Anthony, who becomes a free agent in July, told reporters:
“I don’t even know what’s going on with that. Nobody came to me about that. Until that time comes, I’m not going to know what’s going on.”
Maybe Anthony’s uneasiness stems from Jackson’s 2012 interview with Real Sports when Jackson, speaking about the flaws of the Knicks, told Andrea Kremer:
“Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can’t stop every time it hits his hands.”
Anthony has already tossed out hints that he might not re-sign with the Knicks after he becomes a free agent. If he stays, maybe Jackson might be able to persuade Anthony and his teammates to play like the Knicks of the golden era when the 11-time NBA champion was the reserve forward with the flailing arms known as “Action Jackson”: