New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Carmelo Anthony expressed excitement over Phil Jackson’s hiring as president of the New York Knicks, describing it as a “power move”.
“I’m a chess player. That was a power move right there. You know what I mean?” Anthony said. “So, now we’re going to see what’s the next move, but that was a great power move.”
According to sources, Jackson signed on to become the newest president of the Knicks after a lunch meeting with team officials Friday.
Jackson signed a five-year deal that will pay him $12 million annually. It does not include an ownership stake, sources said.
The Knicks will officially introduce Jackson at a news conference Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
One of Jackson’s first major decisions with the team will be how to deal with Anthony, who is expected to test free agency this summer.
Anthony can sign a deal with the Knicks that is one year longer and worth $33 million more than any pact he can sign with another team.
The star forward has said his first priority is to re-sign with the Knicks, but he’d like to sit down with Jackson and discuss the team’s plans for the future before making a decision.
Other Knicks players echoed Anthony’s sentiment, calling Jackson as a champion and a leader.
“With his pedigree, he’s a champion, he’s a leader,” Amar’e Stoudemire said. “He knows what it takes to win and he’s been around great organizations that have been successful. So hopefully that same input will be placed here in New York.”
The 68-year-old Jackson won an NBA-record 11 titles as a coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. He also won two as a player with the Knicks but he has never been an executive.