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George Karl Believes Carmelo Isn’t A ‘Phil Jackson Type Of Player’ Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="160"] It may be only a matter of time before Phil Jackson takes over basketball operations for the New York Knicks. Although Jackson hasn't [new_royalslider id="160"] It may be only a matter of time before Phil Jackson takes over basketball operations for the New York Knicks. Although Jackson hasn't Rating: 0
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George Karl Believes Carmelo Isn’t A ‘Phil Jackson Type Of Player’

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It may be only a matter of time before Phil Jackson takes over basketball operations for the New York Knicks. Although Jackson hasn’t put pen to paper, all signs point to Jackson heading to the East coast.

With Jackson potentially returning to New York, the immediate future for Carmelo Anthony has come into question. Anthony can opt-out of his deal with the Knicks this summer and may elect to do so.

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After coaching Anthony for eight years in Denver, George Karl knows the superstar better than most and seems to believe Anthony isn’t the kind of player Jackson favors. Karl spoke to Colin Cowherd on The Herd saying the following according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York:

“To me, when you ask me that question, I don’t think Melo is a Phil Jackson type of player,” Karl said on “The Herd.” “That would be my answer to that.”

Outside of limited success with the Denver Nuggets while playing alongside Chauncey Billups, Anthony really hasn’t proven he can be a winner or a game-changer. There’s no question that Anthony is one of the most dynamic scorers in the NBA, but he hasn’t been able to win that elusive championship and chances of doing so continue to get worse.

Although Jackson may be able to help right the ship in New York, there’s no guarantee Anthony will be there to experience it.
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  • Jim213

    Also compared Carmelo to Kobe?

    • Jim213

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Why do I get the feeling that Karl sounded like he was interviewing for a head coaching gig? hhhhmmmm

    • Sylvia Ross

      I was thinking the exact same thing. I hope he isn’t going to be the one chosen. I’m hoping for Byron Scott, but NO GEORGE KARL !!

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        I don’t like him at all.. he is a good guy, but I don’t like his coaching… I want Hollins better.

  • Zimmeredge

    Hollins or Karl would be great coach in LA… we know that Karl and Kobe have a mutual respect and appreciation for each other throughout the years. what he has done with the sonics then the nuggets was really great. He has a great record with lottery/high pick players (Payton, Kemp, Allen, Carmelo, Lawson too). he also have this european basketball culture so he knows the importance of big men. while running a fast paced type of offense but he knows both half court and full court type of bball… no need to say that he is much better on D than d’antoni.

  • Jason Decker

    I am confused if Kobe and Melo are similar, then how does Carmelo not become a Jackson guy. Kobe wasn’t necessarily a Jackson guy, but they won 5 titles together. I believe that Melo can be a good triangle offense player. He kind of does it now just too far from the basket and there isn’t any player movement, so you put him closer to the basket and add player movement and it could work

  • Robert Allen

    Phi not going to Knicks

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