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    Chris Sheridan: Why is Phil Jackson Playing Chicken with Carmelo Anthony in New York?

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    What is Phil Jackson trying to accomplish by playing a game of chicken with Carmelo Anthony? Maybe, just maybe, he is trying to run him out of New York.

    The new Knicks president had a lot to say about Carmelo in a meeting with reporters on Wednesday, and the most telling thing he said was that he hoped Anthony would stay true to his word and accept less than max money when the sides sit down to discuss a new contract after Anthony plunges into unrestricted free agency on July 1.

    Anthony did indeed say he’d take less than the max if it would help the Knicks become a true championship contending team. But Anthony said it only once, at the All-Star break, and Anthony sometimes says things he doesn’t really mean.

    I would argue that this is one of those times.

    Think about it … Jackson has just given Rockets president Daryl Morey all the ammunition he needs to make the perfect pitch to Anthony, something that might sound like this: “Look, ‘Melo, the Knicks aren’t even willing to drop max money on you, and we are.

    “Furthermore, the Knicks can’t make you any guarantees about who will be playing alongside you a year from now, when they can finally go free agent shopping. In the meantime, you have to sit and wait and hope for the best while enduring another so-so season. We, on the other hand, can assure you that you’ll be playing alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard immediately. So do you want to compete now? Or do you want wait another year and hope for the best from a team that is trying to make you take less than what you’re worth?”

    “Oh, and by the way … we have no state income tax here in Texas, which means what we are offering you is basically the same as what you can get in New York, where there is not only a state income tax, but a city income tax, too.”

    More on the ‘Melo-Jackson, dynamic plus a look at several playoff series, in this interview with Xtra Sports 1360 in San Diego.

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    he's good at playing with the media

    Phil sets it up for win win. Exit strategy if Melo bolts, blueprint if he stays
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    phil wants to set a winning tone and a culture here both on and off the court.... He said wel be great with him and great without him.... lets be honest here whats the smart thing to do give melo the max? PPL who write articles about this stuff annoy the crap out of me... Like they know any better any better than Phil.... And i dont know if im right on this but the only way rockets can get melo is a sign and trade...So pay up.... And plus i want melo to stay buit its as if wer acting like wer letting michael jordan walk away....
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    If melo just walks to Bulls or Lakers than knicks will end up with nothing not a very smart thing. Others teams may also clear cap space on draft night to offer melo max contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheetos185 View Post
    If melo just walks to Bulls or Lakers than knicks will end up with nothing not a very smart thing. Others teams may also clear cap space on draft night to offer melo max contract.

    ok but is that a smart thing for the knicks to pay him the super max? 5 130 mil?
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    Quote Originally Posted by redhorse View Post
    ok but is that a smart thing for the knicks to pay him the super max? 5 130 mil?
    The Lakers won 2 Chips while Kobe was making 21-23 mil a year so yea it can be done. And Knicks can sign him and still trade him to get something back rather than nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheetos185 View Post
    The Lakers won 2 Chips while Kobe was making 21-23 mil a year so yea it can be done. And Knicks can sign him and still trade him to get something back rather than nothing.


    There is a HUGE difference between Kobe and Melo. Can they both score? yes, of corse. But Kobe is a leader and demands the most from his team and will seattle for nothing less. Melo just gets his and goes home.

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    I'm fine with the Rockets, and Morey from reports is a master at selling his team, not that hard with Harden and Dwight already on the roster. I'm fine with trading Melo to Houston if that's what he wants, Lin, Asik, Parsons or Jones and a pick for Melo and Felton or J.R.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheetos185 View Post
    The Lakers won 2 Chips while Kobe was making 21-23 mil a year so yea it can be done. And Knicks can sign him and still trade him to get something back rather than nothing.
    Dude, stop. Melo is not Kobe. Kobe was an elite scorer and an elite defender, and a leader. Melo is only one of those three things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeGamer81 View Post
    Dude, stop. Melo is not Kobe. Kobe was an elite scorer and an elite defender, and a leader. Melo is only one of those three things.
    Kobe's defense is overrated, IMO.

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    Kobe's defense is overrated but his will to win is not.

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    The best thing to happen to us if melo takes less and amare opts out and takes less and we trade bargs for a second round pick straight up and somebody is dumb enough to take felton ...
    I think jr smith belongs in a Knicks uniform.. Not as a starter but he's still a huge threat off the bench..

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    Quote Originally Posted by randallk34:28378875
    Quote Originally Posted by cheetos185 View Post
    The Lakers won 2 Chips while Kobe was making 21-23 mil a year so yea it can be done. And Knicks can sign him and still trade him to get something back rather than nothing.


    There is a HUGE difference between Kobe and Melo. Can they both score? yes, of corse. But Kobe is a leader and demands the most from his team and will seattle for nothing less. Melo just gets his and goes home.
    Kobe is the biggest ballhog in NBA history lol now were in my post does it mention Melo is better than Kobe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheetos185 View Post
    The Lakers won 2 Chips while Kobe was making 21-23 mil a year so yea it can be done. And Knicks can sign him and still trade him to get something back rather than nothing.
    Where's Shaq? Where's Lamar or Bynum? When is Allan Houston going to take a job as GM of the Grizz and send us Marc Gasol?
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    I love Kobe to death and melo cant stiff his jock straps but lets not act like he was this great demanding leader since his rookie year. It wasn't till his later years he went from demanding ball hog to demanding leader

    Not everyone gets the luxury to be coach by the greatest coach probably ever

    Chris makes no sense. Phil is a master puppet media master. It puts pressure on melo and to also give knick fans hope that it isn't melo or bust.

    He still wants him as plan A and that is certain. However plan B isn't bad neither

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