For the first time since he was officially hired by the New York Knicks, new Knicks’ President Phil Jackson addressed the team before their game against the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night.
Jackson told reporters that soon-to-be free agent forward Carmelo Anthony was a part of the Knicks’ future plans.
Carmelo Anthony told CBS Sports’ Ken Berger that he and Jackson were on the “same page.”
“I was hoping that I would be part of the future plans,” Anthony said before the Knicks played the Pacers. “I never once said that I wanted to leave New York or anything like that. The only thing I said was I’m going to dabble and try the free agency out, that I was going to opt out and become a free agent. … I’m excited about the opportunity to hopefully work with Phil.”
Obviously, Jackson isn’t going to bad mouth Anthony and Anthony isn’t going to tell reporters he’s getting on the first plane to Chicago or Houston after the season ends, but you still have to be more confident about the future if you’re a Knicks fan than you were a few days ago.