New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony says he is willing to change his game if Phil Jackson believes it will help the team win an NBA title.
“I’m willing to do whatever,” Anthony said after practice Monday, via ESPNNewYork.com. “As long as it’s gonna put me in a position to win, I’m willing to do whatever. I’m not sold or stuck on my play.”
“What I’ve been able to do these past 10-11 years has gotten me at where I am right now,” Anthony continued. “If Phil wants to come in and change that this late in my career, if it’s going to help me win a championship, I’m with it.”
The Knicks are scheduled to hold a news conference Tuesday morning to introduce Jackson as the team’s new president.
“As far as knowing what it takes to win, Phil is the best to ever do it,” Anthony said. “So for me to be able to have the opportunity and have him by my side, for him to teach me, you know, because I’m still willing to learn the game of basketball.
“And I haven’t won anything [and] he’s won a lot. I can learn a lot from him and his system, things that he wants to incorporate here. I’m hoping and praying this all works.”
Anthony, who said he will try to attend Tuesday’s new conference, is excited about teaming with Jackson.
“Everybody as an organization, as a city, as a whole, our fans in general as well, everybody’s excited to see that,” Anthony said. “We are playing good basketball right now too, so it’s like a lot of things coming into place right now.”
“His résumé is his résumé. You can’t change that,” he added. “Everybody sees that. Regardless of who you are, what type of player you are, you see a Phil Jackson résumé and you automatically gravitate towards that.”