Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) walks back to the bench during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony says Phil Jackson was ‘a big play’


Now that the New York Knicks have been officially eliminated from the playoffs, forward Carmelo Anthony can take a long and hard look at his future.

After a 100-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls Sunday, Anthony was asked about how the Knicks’ poor season would influence his decision.

“As far as that goes, all this stuff will come into consideration,” Anthony told Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York. “But I won’t never make it seem like because of this season I’m going to become a free agent. It has nothing to do with [how] this season went. Even if we had the greatest of a season, I probably would still be in that situation.”

When the Knicks hired Phil Jackson, many thought that could have a huge impact on his free agency decision and Anthony admitted that it would.

“That was a big play,” Anthony said. “That was definitely a big play for our organization, for the Knicks, for me.”

Anthony had another excellent season, averaging 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.

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