Carmelo Anthony’s talent has never been questioned. His attitude, willingness to play defense and make ability to make his teammates better, is an entirely different story.
However, with the New York Knicks hiring of Phil Jackson, he’s willing to change all that. Of course, it’s probably not just that. It’s likely the culmination of variety of things such as his age, his inability to win his way and the fact that there’s a really good chance that he could end up stuck with the Knicks.
Still, he’s going to do everything in his power to change not just his culture, but he Knicks’ too.
“I’m willing to do whatever,” Anthony said after practice Monday. “As long as it’s gonna put me in a position to win, I’m willing to do whatever. I’m not sold or stuck on my play.”
“What I’ve been able to do these past 10-11 years has gotten me at where I am right now,” Anthony continued. “If Phil wants to come in and change that this late in my career, if it’s going to help me win a championship, I’m with it.”
As he should be.
Luckily for him, at least (assuming he re-signs in New York) he’ll have Phil Jackson to help him out in this whole recruiting thing, which hasn’t exactly gone all too well for Melo and the Knicks.
“The big picture, absolutely, for the big picture this is definitely more attractive,” Anthony said after practice Monday.
At the end of the day, Melo wants to be in New York. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep him there, along with it being the best opportunity for him to win a championship. There’s not really much more you can ask from him. All Melo wants to do is win and now he’s at least going to do his part. Let’s see if Jackson can do his.