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Carmelo Anthony speaks candidly in his exit interview

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It's the most exciting day of the year (for a team that's missed the playoffs three seasons in a row) - exit interview day! Carmelo Anthony spoke candidly about the entire Knick universe: management, potential coaches, what he wants in his present and where he and the Knicks might go in their futures.

1. Regarding Kurt Rambis and the coaching search:

Which doesn't really indicate anything one way or the other. Melo did mention one prominent name by name, although that was in direct reply to being asked about him:

He's showing flexibility. Maybe hoping that flexibility is picked up on and mirrored by Phil Jackson?

2. Regarding his thoughts on his future:

Melo is either increasingly Zen or growing increasingly adept at speaking between the lines. Whichever it is, I like it. He's being honest but not seeming demanding or unfair. When he talks it sounds to me like someone who's in a relationship they're deeply invested in that they sincerely want to succeed but that they honestly aren't sure if it will. Dad Melo sounding very mature here.

Kristaps Porzingis, younger and still free of the judgment/legacy-defining Anthony is facing, uses more imperative language.

3. Regarding the front office:

Hard-boiled pragmatist? Or growing cynic? This response doesn't sound to me like "We'll plug in a few holes with some solid guys" as much as "Here's a big name or two we think we can pull off."

I say pragmatic. No reason to be delusional after all the plans he's been a part of already in six mostly disappointing seasons.

4. Regarding the dreaded eight-letter T-word

Word. It's not a cult and it's not a panacea. It's an offensive system that's a part of some of the league's most successful scoring teams. Let it be part of yours, Knicks. Part.

5. Regarding questions the Knicks and Phil Jackson have to answer

That's a lot of truth, a lot of nuance and a lot of unknowns.