Remember Carmelo Anthony? Rather tall chap, enjoys basketball and wearing hats ... turn-offs include referees blowing whistles in his ear and glazed donut face asses. The star forward took a tour of the Dan Patrick Show and the Sports Illustrated offices this morning, ready to talk shop and sign sleeves.
Naturally his interview with Patrick quickly turned to the subject of the Knicks' coaching search:
Carmelo Anthony says on the Dan Patrick Show that he doesn't think the triangle is overrated & he can teach the basics of it in an hour.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 28, 2016
Carmelo says on the Dan Patrick Show that he hasn't yet spoken to Phil Jackson about the next coach. Also, his goal is to retire as a Knick.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 28, 2016
Carmelo has said he wanted to have input in the coaching search. I would've assumed that he'd already be in touch with Phil Jackson on it.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 28, 2016
Fascinating. Phil seems to be taking his sweet-ass time picking a coach, so it doesn't necessarily mean anything that the two haven't talked as of yet. I'm sure Melo would like to provide his input before Phil actually picks someone, but God only knows when that will be.
Carmelo Anthony clearly loves the Knicks. He spent the first few weeks after the season staying as far away from the organization as humanly possible -- a desire that Knicks lovers understand all too well.
In other news, Melo essentially confirmed that Michael Jordan hunts drifters for sport ... and bets heavily on the outcome, of course:
DP: "Got any Michael Jordan stories?" Carmelo: "Not that I can tell on air .... just kidding ... he's my boss (laughs)."— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) April 28, 2016
We hear ya, Melo -wink, wink-.
If there's going to be any other takeaway from Melo's time at the SI offices, it will be the inevitable backlash from this controversial quote ...
Carmelo Anthony tells @dpshow he believes he's a better scorer than LeBron or Curry .... he feels he has to have that mindset.— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) April 28, 2016
No, no, no ... I mean this quote:
An LOL w/Melo:— Maggie Gray (@MaggieGray) April 28, 2016
Me: Have you listened to Lemonade?
Melo: Not really. It's not for me
Me: It's for women?
Melo: It's not for them either
OH MY GOD DID MELO JUST STIR UP THE #BEYHIVE??? He is a dead man. They'll tear him limb-from-limb and pick the flesh right off his bones. And it won't stop there. Did you see what they did to Rachael Ray? I'd lock myself in a bunker right now if I were Melo Trimble, Fab Melo or Karl-Anthony Towns.
Next time, Mr. Anthony, try to choose your words a little more carefully.
WATCH: @carmeloanthony on Phil Jackson's critique of the Knicks: "I don't know how to take that." pic.twitter.com/G3T6GXIGam— SI NBA (@si_nba) April 28, 2016
Melo, buddy, I hear ya. I'm pretty sure Phil meant that the team played well in many of the games when Melo was out, but he just comes off like a freakin' goon. I wish that entire Phil exit interview would just disappear from the face of the Earth.
Carmelo told me today on @SiriusXMNBA that he has not spoken to Phil since his exit meeting. Has no idea about the next coach. Story coming.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) April 28, 2016
Carmelo seemed disappointed that candidates like Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks were not interviewed. Reiterated need for a "process."— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) April 28, 2016
So Melo went on another show and said exactly what he said on the first show. Story to come, y'all!