After another poor season in which they've missed out on the playoffs for the third straight year, the New York Knicks have a huge summer ahead of them in terms of personnel recruitment to improve the team's chances in the years to come.
One of the biggest decisions will involve the hiring of their next head coach and Carmelo Anthony knows this, which is why he wants to have an input.
The nine-time All-Star has been vocal in his frustrations this year and openly admitted he's found it hard to watch his peers - notably his best friends LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul - have success with their teams and regularly make the playoffs.
Article continues below
In the midst of the worst three-year stretch of his career, the 31-year-old revealed in February that he's "trying to figure out a way to get out of it", and being involved in the Knicks' decision-making process in the offseason appears to be the first way he'll attempt to do that.
"I think you have to have some type of input, whether it's input or dialogue, whatever word that you want to use. I think you have to have that," Anthony told reporters after the Knicks' 111-97 loss to the Charlotte Hornets last night.
Article continues below
"I think at this point it needs to be some type of connection, some type of communication. Especially if we want to right this ship, there definitely needs to be some type of communication."
According to a report from ESPN's Marc Stein and Ian Begley, interim head coach Kurt Rambis, who took over after the firing of Derek Fisher just before the All-Star break, is the preferred choice of Knicks president Phil Jackson to take over on a permanent basis.
Sources told ESPN that Jackson is lobbying for Rambis to receive a multi-year contract despite his 8-17 record since taking the hot seat.
Anthony, the team's leading scorer, averaging almost 22 points per game, acknowledged the job Rambis has done in difficult circumstances but hasn't spoken with Jackson or any members of the Knicks front office about the plans moving forward.
"I like Kurt," he said. "I thought he was kind of thrown into a tough situation with the firing of Derek Fisher and kind of gathering the troops, getting guys to play and finish the season up. As far as what's going to happen this summer, this offseason and next year, who's going to be in that spot, I have no idea. I haven't had any conversations with anybody about that. I'm pretty sure they'll address that when the offseason comes.
"I would love to have some type of input when it comes to that. But like I said, nobody has had a conversation about that yet."
The hiring of Rambis, who has a poor record of 64-162 as an NBA head coach, may not go down too well with fans in the Big Apple who have grown disgruntled with many of the decisions the franchise has made in recent years.
Rambis, however, is extremely keen to be given the opportunity to coach the team in the league's biggest market.
"It would be fantastic," Rambis said, via ESPN. "I want to be a head coach in this league. This is a great franchise; it's a terrific city, fan base. It would be a thrill beyond thrills in order to take this situation from where it was when we all first came here and turn it into a situation where it's extremely promising and we have a chance to get in the playoffs and do well in the playoffs and get this city and this organization a potential championship. That's a goal, and that would be a tremendous thrill."