The New York Knicks are entering a critical phase in their offseason as Carmelo Anthony is set to opt out of his contract and negotiations are going to get underway to try and secure the All-Star forward long term. But while there has been talk all year about the Knicks falling over themselves to re-sign Melo, Phil Jackson has stated that he’s not going to wait around forever and that should Melo move on, the world won’t stop spinning.
“I’m all about moving forward,” Jackson said, via the New York Daily News. “Just deal with what is and move forward. If it’s in the cards, man, are we fortunate. If it’s not in the cards, man, are we fortunate. We’re going forward anyway.”
Jackson isn’t telling Melo off, but he’s more or less putting him in check a little bit to let him know that he’s the boss now and this is a new Knicks team. Chances are, Melo likes that type of discipline as he’s not had it for basically his entire career.
There’s still a chance Melo moves on, but it’s clear that Jackson came aboard to run the Knicks and not just to convince Carmelo Anthony to come back.