Carmelo Anthony said Wednesday that he has heard Phil Jackson will be “coming on board” with the New York Knicks, the strongest indication yet that the 11-time NBA champion coach will soon be taking over the team’s basketball operations.
Anthony went as far as to suggest that it’s no longer a question of if Jackson will rejoin the Knicks, but when.
“Everything’s in his hands now,” Anthony told reporters in Boston at the Knicks’ gameday shootaround.
Jackson played on the Knicks’ last championship team in 1973, and later went on to win six NBA titles as a coach with the Chicago Bulls and five more with the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I’m agnostic as to what team, but I would love to see Phil Jackson” back in the league, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday after speaking to the Boston College Chief Executives’ Club of Boston.
• Anthony scored 19 of his 34 points in the first half as the Knicks opened a 24-point lead and coasted to their fifth consecutive win, 116-92 over the Celtics.
The victory moved the Knicks into ninth place in the race for the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot, a half-game ahead of Detroit, which lost 101-87 in Toronto. They are three games behind eighth-place Atlanta.
NETS: Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter, Mirza Teletovic scored 17 off the bench and Brooklyn beat Miami for the third time in as many tries this season, topping the Heat 96-95.
The Nets have won seven of their past eight games and are 23-9 since Jan. 1.
Chris Bosh scored 24 points for Miami, giving him 15,003 for his career. Dwyane Wade scored 22, LeBron James finished with 19.
BOBCATS: Al Jefferson had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Gerald Henderson went 6 for 9 in his return from a calf injury to lead Charlotte over the Washington Wizards, 98-85.
76ERS: Lost their 18th in a row as Rudy Gay scored 27 points to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 115-98 victory over Philadelphia.