Knicks Star Carmelo Anthony Kills Phil Jackson Coaching Rumor
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday killed the rumor that president Phil Jackson would coach the team’s home games next season.Advertisement
“Phil ain’t coaching no more, man. Let’s kill that rumor. Phil ain’t coaching no more,” said the 9-time All-Star after a Knicks practice session at Oracle Arena.
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that the hall-of-fame coach could make a comeback. “There’s even talk Jackson could offer to coach home games next season, with Rambis coaching the road games,” read the report.
Jackson, 70, hasn’t coached since leaving the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011. Over the last few years, he has constantly ruled out any possibility of a comeback to coaching. “He’s 70 years old, he don’t want to be on the sidelines, but he actually looks pretty good for his age,’’ said Anthony. “He don’t want to deal with not just the game, but the strenuous schedule and mentally getting focused for games and preparing for teams and sitting on the sidelines. He doesn’t want to deal with that.’’
Who is the next Knicks coach?
There is still a lot of uncertainty over New York’s next coach. It’s most likely that interim Kurt Rambis hands over the reins to either Luke Walton, Tom Thibodeau, Brian Shaw or Scott Brooks next season. Anthony, for one, would be happy to see Knicks explore other options besides Rambis. “I think it’s how Kurt handles the situation right now, how the team does and responds to Kurt. But you still have to go out there and at least listen to other candidates,” opined Anthony.
Rumor or not, Anthony won’t be happy to see Jackson return. “I don’t think that should be accepted, I wouldn’t accept that if that was the case,’’ Anthony said of Jackson coaching only home games. That would be tough to do. Phil’s cool. He doesn’t need to be on the sideline anymore. He put so many years into the game. He doesn’t need to be on the sideline. I don’t think he’s thinking about coming back on the sideline. I hope not.”
Carmelo Anthony is averaging 21.9 points, 8 rebounds and 4.2 assists this season. The superstar forward hasn’t averaged fewer points in a season since his sophomore year with Denver Nuggets. New York Knicks (28-40) are set to miss the playoffs for a third consecutive season.