The New York Knicks‘ president of basketball operations had spoken to the media sometime after the Knicks’ victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. Phil Jackson talked about his discussions with Carmelo Anthony, coach Mike Woodson‘s defensive philosophy and the team’s run for a playoff berth.
Jackson spoke to Anthony on several occasions since he was hired last month. He realized that Anthony feels a lot of pressure playing with his back against the wall in what may be a disappointing year for the Knicks. “He’s had to carry a big load. It’s been a tough year for him. But it’s been a tough year for everyone. It’s not just isolated with him. But I think he feels the weight of it a lot more on himself,” said Jackson. However, Jackson did not discuss Anthony’s future with the team.
It also sounded like Jackson was not in favor of Woodson’s defensive philosophy. “It worked for him in the past. It worked for him in Atlanta. The big thing is, you’ve got to have players believe in it,” Jackson said. Jackson had also reiterated his interest to implement a system that is convenient for the players, like the triangle offense. “Instead of having stretched players who are standing in corners and have to recover from a difficult situation, disproportionate position on the floor, you have guys that are in balance and there is an opportunity to defend from your offense.”
Despite disagreeing with Woodson’s thought process, he does not blame Woodson for the Knicks’ underachieving season. “He has had a really hard time through December and January, before I even arrived in the possibilities of this scenario. He’s survived a hard year, so this is nothing for him to go through here.”