"No. No. No. I don't think that should be accepted. I wouldn't accept that if that was the case. Phil is cool, man. He don't need to be on the sidelines no more. He put so many years into this game. He's cool. He don't need to be on the sideline.
"I don't think he's thinking about coming back down on the sideline. I hope not. Let him ride on out. Let him sit out and be the president."
Let the president be president and do all the presidential stuff. Slow down with all these wacky "get good quick" schemes.
Before y'all start imagining the team's star forward staging a coaching search coup, Melo is also in favor of considering Kurt Rambis for the full-time job ... hopefully during a process which includes other candidates:
"I think you consider Kurt at that job. He brought Kurt here for that reason -- if anything was to happen and the situation is here for him now. I think it's just more of seeing how Kurt handles the situation right now, how the team does, how the team responds to Kurt. But I think you still have to at least listen to other candidates out there."
Man, the Knicks sure are in turmoil right now. Phil Jackson hasn't said anything to Melo about wanting to coach, Melo doesn't believe Phil wants to coach, and hopes Phil will continue to focus on his job as president, which he has been doing all along.