Mar 12, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the ball during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. The Knicks won 116-92. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Is Phil Jackson enough to keep Carmelo Anthony in New York?

Phil Jackson is officially the “President” of the New York Knicks, but is that, alone, enough to get Carmelo Anthony to re-sign in New York?

On the surface, based on recent comments, you’d certainly think so.

Anthony has said that bringing on Jackson was definitely a power move and that he’s ready to adapt his game to whatever Jackson wants him to. That’s not the words of someone who has plans on leaving this team in a few months.

Then again, it could just be a ploy.

According to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN (H/T Bleacher Report), he predicts the latter — based on what he’s hearing, of course.

I was told this last week, I was told a few days ago, I had it reiterated to me by somebody I trust yet again this morning, that Carmelo Anthony is gone, he is leaving New York city. There are those like myself who still hold up the possibility that that may not be true (…) but for what I’m being told, he is gone. And he is gone because he’s at the mindset that in order to achieve any amount of success he would had to sacrifice not just this this year but next year as well, because of this current roster.

The timing of this is interesting, though. I would assume that Melo would at least entertain the Knicks now that Jackson is into the fold. But there’s a big difference between entertaining and signing, obviously.

It also begs the question: will the Knicks’ “plan” change now that Jackson is in “charge”.

The Knicks have always pointed to the free agency class of 2015 of when they’re going to make their big splash, however, Melo has made it somewhat clear that he doesn’t want to wait until then to finally have a team that can contend with the Miami’s, San Antonio’s and OKC’s of the world.

And he’s right. He shouldn’t have to wait until he’s 31-years-old to finally have a legitimate change at winning a championship.

I wrote about how the Knicks will embark on a new era with old habits yesterday, today it begins. But will Melo realize just that, or will he re-start his journey to bring the Knicks back to relevancy? Does he still have the desire? More importantly, does he still have it in him? He’ll be 30-years-old when he signs his next deal — whether that be in New York or somewhere else.

I guess the biggest question he has to ask himself is if he trusts Phil Jackson enough to re-sign in New York…


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