Phil Jackson: Derrick Rose trade ‘reinvigorating’ for Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony hasn’t been shy about expressing his unhappiness over another disappointing New York Knicks season, in which they stumbled to a 32-50 record and another postseason absence. And he has made it clear he expected big things out of the organization this offseason.
Consider things trending in the right direction.
But with a new head coach in Jeff Hornacek and a big offseason splash with the acquisition of Derrick Rose, the case can be made that the wheels have been set in motion for the team to begin its climb back to respectability.
And most importantly Knicks president Phil Jackson believes the trade that brought Rose into the fold will serve as a clear sign to Anthony that things are on the upswing and that will inspire the superstar player.
“Melo and I have talked about that, whether we’re on the right time frame with him, is he disappointed or whatever,” Jackson told Newsday’s Ian Iannazzone Thursday evening, via CBS Sports. “I think this is a positive move. He sees that as a positive move. I think that’s reinvigorating for him. I think it’s good.”
With Rose and Kristaps Porzingis serving as complimentary players, if not more, to Anthony — along with assurances of more things to come this offseason — Jackson’s reclamation project to resurrect the once-proud Knicks organization finally may be gaining traction.
While Rose isn’t the MVP-caliber player he once was, he definitely serves as an upgrade to what the Knicks had at the point guard position.
The ideal scenario for the Knicks is for Porzingis to continue his development, Rose to remain relatively injury-free and Anthony to duplicate his solid play last season. Should the Knicks add another attractive free agent, the case can be made that Anthony will be much more than reinvigorated. He’ll be extremely motivated.
Given Anthony’s future with the Knicks was anything but certain as recently as a few months ago, the notion that he’s happy with the Rose trade certainly is encouraging for the organization.