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Carmelo Anthony denies Phil Jackson will be coaching the New York Knicks

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Talk has been swirling about the future of the New York Knicks, with Phil Jackson reportedly being linked to making some sort of a coaching return while Carmelo Anthony's future has been the talk of the town.

In a story about Jackson and former coach Derek Fisher, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that there has been talk of Jackson coaching home games next season and interim coach Kurt Rambis coaching road games.

Speaking to reporters last night, Anthony shot down those rumours, saying that Jackson doesn't need to be on the sidelines anymore and that he wouldn't accept having two coaches splitting time.

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No Jackson Return

"No. No. No. I don't think that should be accepted," Anthony said, via ESPN, when approached about the coaches splitting time.

"I wouldn't accept that if that was the case. Phil is cool, man. He don't need to be on the sidelines no more. He put so many years into this game. He's cool. He don't need to be on the sideline."

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"I don't think he's thinking about coming back down on the sideline," Melo added. "I hope not. Let him ride on out. Let him sit out and be the president."

Rambis, who served as an assistant coach under Jackson with the Lakers, said on Tuesday that he has never gotten the sense that Jackson wants to coach the Knicks.

"Coaching's a grind, and I don't see him ... he's never given me an indication that he wants to," Rambis said.

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Speaking on the topic of the Knicks head coaching situation, the position is still up in the air, with Rambis hardly making an incredible impression - which really isn't his fault - leaving the full-time gig open to a new hire. 

Anthony offered his thoughts on New York's coaching situation on Tuesday, saying that Rambis did deserve a chance to get the position full-time, but added that Phil Jackson should consider other candidates before making anything official.

"I think you consider Kurt at that job. He brought Kurt here for that reason -- if anything was to happen and the situation is here for him now," Anthony explained. 

"I think it's just more of seeing how Kurt handles the situation right now, how the team does, how the team responds to Kurt. But I think you still have to at least listen to other candidates out there."

What will happen with the New York Knicks is still up in the air, but at least we know that Phil Jackson isn't going to be making his return to the sidelines anytime soon.

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