Turns out, the only thing that the drama-filled New York Knicks needed to turn things around was, ironically, more drama.
At least, according to Carmelo Anthony.
Also, according to the box scores.
Since the “rumors” that Phil Jackson was at least entertaining the idea of taking a role of some sort with the Knicks, New York is 6-0.
In those last six games, the Knicks have an NBA-best 122.6 offensive rating and are 12th (104.5) on defense. Normally, the Knicks are 10th and 25th in those respective categories. It’s pretty amazing to say the least.
However, even though Carmelo Anthony isn’t going to point to the Jackson rumors as the fuel that has ignited their recent tear, he’s also not going to overlook it as the possible trigger either.
“No, it’s not a distraction at all,” Carmelo Anthony said after the Knicks won their sixth straight game Saturday. “If anything, it made us come together more as a team, as a unit, to really kind of keep that on the outside.
“We’re excited and happy that it got done, instead of all the speculation that’s been going on. So finally, it’s signed, sealed and delivered. We’re ready for that next chapter, but right now we’ve got things to take care of.”
Jackson is now officially signed with the Knicks for five-years, for about $12 million per season. He will formally be introduced on Tuesday.
Still, the Knicks are hoping they’ll be able to sustain their recent play. And with Jackson already on board, it’ll be interesting to see what the Knicks are able to do. As of today, the Knicks are 5.5 games back of the Hawks with roughly 20 games to play.
It’s kind of like a 20-game long audition for each player on the Knicks. Let’s see what they can do.