Is it just us or is the writing on the wall? On Monday, the New York Knicks fired head coach Mike Woodson after an embarrassing season that ends with a ton of question marks. None of those are bigger than Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent. But now that Woodson is gone, Phil Jackson obviously must do what he can to keep Melo in the Big Apple. If that means the Zen Master has to return to the sidelines, then so be it.
Yes, you read that right: Jackson will coach the Knicks for at least one season if that’s what it takes to keep Anthony in New York. Sure, we’ve all heard that Steve Kerr is expecting an offer from Jackson to coach the team and he’s already said he would accept it, but is that going to keep a disgruntled player of Anthony’s caliber happy?
Jackson has an incredible track record of coaching superstars with big egos successfully. He has the gift of harnessing their selfishness and using it to benefit the team instead of kill it. If there’s any coach who can make a winner out of Melo, it’s Jackson. However, the 68-year-old “retired” coach would have to wear two hats in the Knicks’ organization for at least the 2014-15 season for all of this to come to fruition.
Nothing has been confirmed, but the rumors have substance. Don’t be surprised if the Knicks don’t hire a new coach…and don’t be surprised to see Melo exercise his player option for the 2014 NBA season.