NEW YORK (AP) — Even before meeting with him, Knicks players like Phil Jackson's hiring to run their franchise.
"I'm a chess player, so that was a power move right there," Carmelo Anthony said. "So now we're going to see what's the next move. But that was a great power move."
The Knicks haven't officially announced it yet, holding off until a press conference Tuesday morning. But the 11-time champion as a coach was already the focus before and after the Knicks' 115-94 victory over Milwaukee on Saturday.
Jackson was on the Knicks' only two championship-winning teams, in 1970 and 1973. He went on to win 11 more rings as a coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, and the players are confident he can be a winner next as an executive.
"Phil knows what to do and how to build teams and how to win, that's the most important thing," Anthony said. "When you know how to win, whether you're a coach or whether you're in the front office, that stands out."
Jackson will be responsible for trying to keep Anthony — if that's what he wants — when the All-Star forward becomes a free agent this summer. He also will have to decide whether Mike Woodson remains as coach after leading the Knicks to the Atlantic Division title last season but only a 27-40 record so far in this one.
Woodson said he doesn't feel he has to prove anything to Jackson in the final weeks of the season, though is aware some changes will be coming.