Carmelo Anthony has more suggestions to offer to Phil Jackson regarding the New York Knicks’ coaching search. Melo and Jackson spoke over the issue during their exit meeting last month. The Knicks’ superstar revealed that he wanted Jackson to approach Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau has recently accepted Minnesota Timberwolves’ offer.
Earlier also, Anthony clarified that he wants to offer a suggestion on the coach hiring process. After that, this lack of communication with front office is bit odd. Jackson in the meantime has spoken to Luke Walton and David Blatt, as reported by the SportsRageous on Thursday.
“I’m pretty sure people would assume that [I’d be in contact with Jackson]. I would assume that too,” Anthony told ESPN. “But what can I do? Bang down the door? Knock down the door and point a finger at Phil and say why the hell you ain’t … .”
And Carmelo Anthony isn’t happy with the way the Knicks’ are proceeding in this regard. Jackson said that he wants to limit he search to the candidates he knows. Melo wants a broader list of candidates to be interviewed in the process to locate the right person.
“It needs to be a process. As long as there’s a process and you go through the proper channels to figure out exactly what you want to do, then I don’t have no problem with that,” Anthony told the radio channel. “But if you don’t go through that process and you don’t at least look and see what’s out there, then we have a problem.”
Kurt Rambis, the Knicks interim coach is also a probable candidate on Jackson’s list. But Melo isn’t happy with his coaching style. Rather, Tom Thibodeau was Anthony’s choice. Jackson didn’t speak to him, and Thibodeau accepted Timberwolves offer.
“I’m pretty sure in Thibodeau’s situation, I’m pretty sure he wanted to come. He waited a while to see if [New York] was going to reach out to him. It didn’t happen,” Anthony told ESPN. “I’m pretty sure if he would’ve gotten offered the job, he would have [taken] it with no regret. He would have jumped on it. I know that for a fact.”
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