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Carmelo Anthony ‘would love’ to have input on Knicks’ coaching hire


Carmelo Anthony says he hopes to have some input regarding the hiring of the next New York Knicks head coach, at least in some capacity.

“I would love to have some type of input when it comes to that,” he said, via ESPN’s Ian Begley. “But like I said, nobody has had a conversation about that yet.”

With Kurt Rambis serving as the interim head coach after replacing Derek Fisher earlier this season, reports indicate Knicks president Phil Jackson is pushing for his former assistant to take over the job on a permanent basis. This belief is supported by the fact that the two have a long history and Rambis is ideally suited to run Jackson’s triangle offense, not to mention implement the Zen Master’s overall basketball philosophies.

Other reports suggest, however, that Knicks owner James Dolan may not be on board with the Rambis hire, which is where Anthony could come into play. And the forward hopes he gets a chance to voice to his opinion.

“I think you have to,” he said. “I think you have to have some type of input, whether it’s input or dialogue, whatever word that you want to use. I think you have to have that. I think at this point it needs to be some type of connection, some type of communication. Especially if we want to right this ship, there definitely needs to be some type of communication.”

Anthony also made it clear he hasn’t ruled out Rambis, saying the interim head coach “was kind of thrown into a tough situation” when he replaced Fisher.

The tremendously disappointing season the Knicks have endured hasweighed heavily on Anthony, so much so that some members of the organization suspect he could waive his no-trade clause and explore other options, something he has repeatedly stated he wouldn’t do.

The future concerning what the Knicks will do at its head coaching position appears to be in complete flux. Patrick Ewing has thrown his hat in the ring but doesn’t expect to get a real shot at the job, while reports indicate Tom Thibodeau’s name is essentially a non-starter. That leaves Rambis as the presumed favorite to land the job on a permanent basis. Anthony simply hopes he gets a chance to speak his piece.