• Fisher to Melo: Knicks will be better next year

    Summary of 37 articles · Updated Jul 15, 2014
    Phil needed Melo more, a lot more, than Melo needed him, no matter how much posturing Phil did after Melo officially opted out of his contract and put himself on the open market, and became the only kind of open man that seems to matter in sports these days. But Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said Tuesday that he has assured Anthony that the Knicks will be "a better basketball team" than they were last season, according to published reports. The predictable Twitter mockery greeted the news Saturday that Melo was finalizing a new contract with the Knicks, one that would pay him upwards of $120 million. “In my opinion, based on our roster and the things we’re going to do and who we’re going to become, we can compete for playing in the playoffs and for a championship in the Eastern Conference,” Fisher said after the Knicks improved to 3-0 in the Summer League with a 95-72 win over Charlotte. That's not a huge haircut, but it's something, a compromise of sorts that allows Anthony to say he stayed true to his All-Star Weekend statement that he'd take less money to help the Knicks' front office, which Jackson took over in March, build a winner. Clearly the object of the game for Jackson, who won 11 titles as a coach, is to find a way to go out on top walk away from the game whenever he does walk away or limp away showing the basketball world that he could win as both a coach and an executive the way Red Auerbach, the greatest non-player in NBA history, could with the Celtics. But can he do that?
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      Well, it didn't happen quite as quickly as one report indicated, but Carmelo Anthony made it official on Sunday, announcing in a brief note on his own website that he's returning to the New York Knicks. (No cloak-and-dagger as-told-to-SI essay here.) He…
      Source: yahoo.com
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      Anthony made right call; now he and Phil have hands full vs. LeBron's Cavs, NBA
      Source: ESPN.com
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      Carmelo Anthony has made it official. Anthony announced Sunday morning — below the headline "MY CITY, MY HEART" on his website, thisismelo.com — that he will be returning to the Knicks.
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      Carmelo Anthony has reached a deal to remain with the New York Knicks.
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      Carmelo Anthony returns to the Knicks now, which was the play for him all along, no matter how much he was romanced in his tour across America, teams in New York and Chicago and Los Angeles all wanting him to come play for them.
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      Carmelo Anthony returns to the Knicks now, which was the play for him all along, no matter how much he was romanced in his tour across America, teams in New York and Chicago and Los Angeles all wanting him to come play for them.
    • Lupica: Are Melo's Knicks fated to be doomed by LeBron, like Patrick and Jordan?

      Phil Jackson has a sweetheart five-year deal to run the Knicks, Derek Fisher has his sweet five-year deal to coach the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony now has as big a five-year deal as anybody could have in the NBA.
    • Will LeBron James be Carmelo Anthony's foil like Michael Jordan was to Patrick Ewing?

      Phil Jackson has a sweetheart five-year deal to run the Knicks, Derek Fisher has his sweet five-year deal to coach the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony now has as big a five-year deal as anybody could have in the NBA.
    • Phil Jackson keeps Carmelo Anthony with Knicks, but adding more star players will be difficult

      Carmelo Anthony got his big money and is staying in New York as everyone figured all along, and the only question is, how much money? Did Melo give the Knicks a hometown discount so that they’ll have the necessary room to bring in more pieces?
    • Lawrence: Jackson keeps big fish in Melo, but reeling in more stars will be tough

      Carmelo Anthony got his big money and is staying in New York as everyone figured all along, and the only question is, how much money? Did Melo give the Knicks a hometown discount so that they’ll have the necessary room to bring in more pieces?
    • Report: Anthony staying with Knicks

      Carmelo Anthony is staying with the New York Knicks.
      Source: nba.com
    • NBA: Carmelo Anthony decides to cash in

      By returning to the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony shows winning championships wasn't his priority
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Reports: Carmelo Anthony To Return To Knicks

      On Wednesday, Frank Isola reported that Carmelo Anthony would return to the Knicks , "barring a last-minute change of heart." Despite a later contradiction by Mark Medina, who claimed a decision had not been made, and a waiting-for-LeBron dela…
      Source: deadspin.com
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      Another round of Melo-Drama is officially over. According to multiple reports, Carmelo Anthony will sign a five-year contract to remain with the New York Knicks. Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Anthony’s five-year deal with the Knicks is w…
      Source: dimemag.com
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      Knicks President Phil Jackson was expecting a decision from Carmelo Anthony on Thursday.
      Source: nba.com
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      Carmelo Anthony is telling people that he has faith in Phil Jackson, and why not, Jackson is as big as you can be in the NBA without being a player. And it is quite clear by now that Anthony loves New York, loves the great stage of Madison Square Garden…
    • Melo continues to mull options, agent says

      Carmelo Anthony remained a free agent on Wednesday night, the day before players can start signing contracts with NBA teams.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Report: Carmelo Anthony to announce Thursday he'll re-sign with New York Knicks

      It appears that first major domino to fall in free agency won't be LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade, but rather the man whom they were rumored to be bringing in as part of a "Big Four" just last month. (Man, that feels like a lifetime a…
      Source: yahoo.com
    • Report: ‘Melo Waiting For LeBron’s Decision

      It seems most of the teams with the cap space have been linked to either LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony during the first nine chaotic days of the NBA’s moratorium period — set to end tomorrow at midnight. Now sources tell ESPN.com ‘Melo might be puttin…
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      With LeBron James still on the open market, teams are still holding out hope there’s a chance to convince him to leave Miami. The Knicks are one of them, and Phil Jackson is reportedly trying to move salary to make a late run at LeBron. The Knicks don’t…
      Source: dimemag.com
    • Knicks coach Fisher hoping for Melo assist

      Phil Jackson’s brief comments to the assembled media upon leaving the Knicks’ practice Tuesday in a high-school gym just off The Strip could have also been directed at stalling free agent Carmelo Anthony.

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