New York Knicks: Phil Jackson Confirms Carmelo Anthony As ‘Cornerstone’; Minimizes PG Position

The boss of the New York Knicks, president Phil Jackson, spoke today and reaffirmed the status of Carmelo Anthony as the “cornerstone.”

The boss has spoken.

New York Knicks president and boss of the entire basketball operations, Phil Jackson, spoke today on multiple topics.

The first one surrounded Carmelo Anthony, as Jackson reaffirmed his stance that Melo is the “cornerstone” of the franchise, via NBA.com.


“We had a conversation,’’ Jackson said, referring to speaking with Anthony. “We had some time on this trip to talk. We went through all the things — the disappointment. He sees the potential that we have. He asked questions on where we’re going. We discussed it.

“You guys know Melo. Sometimes you got to solicit things out of Carmelo. My conversation [this week], I didn’t. He came out and asked questions. I think engagement was important. And he was engaged. There’s never been any other discussion [other than him wanting in].”

Jackson also touched on his future with the organization, claiming that “he’s in it to win it.”

Regarding the current head coaching situation, Phil didn’t dismiss the idea of interim head coach Kurt Rambis maintaining his job going into the 2016-17 season. He also touched on the triangle and minimized the importance of possessing a stud point guard.

A lot of his words cemented what Knicks fans have been pondering for a while now: Jackson remains an ultra confident basketball lifer who is unwilling to change his ways despite encouragement from those around him.

For the full presser, visit NBA.com.

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