Carmelo Anthony: Knicks say Phil Jackson is “coming on board”

Carmelo Anthony is prepared for the Phil Jackson era. (Tony Dejak / AP)

Take it from Carmelo Anthony: there’s substance to those reports about Phil Jackson joining the New York Knicks organization.

“I still don’t have a lot of the details, all the details,” Anthony said (via the New York Daily News) Wednesday morning. “Have I heard? Yeah, I heard he will be coming on board, not official yet. You can always use Phil Jackson inside an organization, his philosophy, his mindset, his resume, what he brings to a team, what he brings to an organization. That goes without even saying, so we’ll see how that plays out.

“You can’t take for granted what he knows about the game of basketball, whether he’s on the sideline or in the front office. I’m sure he will try to his best to do what he has to do to try to build a championship team. He knows how to put guys together, put a team together. We’ll see what happens, but I haven’t talked to him, haven’t talked to anyone about the front office about their plans or anything like that.”

Jackson, possessor of 11 NBA championship rings as a coach, and the Knicks have agreed in principle to a deal in which he will oversee basketball operations. It’s expected to be finalized by the end of the week, ESPN New York reports, and to be announced next week — unless, of course, it all falls apart.

“Everything is pretty much done,” the source said. “There are just some little things here and there that need to be worked out, but the Knicks are very confident that this is essentially done.”

Anthony may not have heard much about Jackson yet, but that will change if/when he comes on board. Addressing Anthony’s future with the team would be Job 1 for Jackson.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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