Carmelo Anthony Knicks future not helped by Phil Jackson arrival

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Phil Jackson has (still) not officially accepted the offer to join the New York Knicks franchise.

But their star man, Carmelo Anthony, already knows that he will link up with the organization in the near future.

Speaking to the media today, Melo revealed he was informed of the news a couple of days ago, and seemed content with the appointment:

"You can always use a Phil Jackson inside an organization," he said Wednesday.

With scrutiny being put on the future relationship between the pair with Jackson having previously spoken critically about Anthony's game, Melo brushed this off by admitting that he has huge respect for the ex-coach but had never actually spoken to Jackson personally.

Although Phil Jackson's role is still as yet undefined, the Knicks will surely be hoping his arrival can help turnaround their fortunes after a season of struggle.

But it looks like the front office appointment of such an experienced and well respected figure will have little, if any, impact on Carmelo Anthony's future with the Knicks - perhaps the biggest issue facing the franchise in the near future.

Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal reported that Melo told gathered media that Phil Jackson's arrival in New York "did not impact a ton" on his free agency decision.

Melo has been widely expected to test free agency at season's end after appearing frustrated at times in a struggling Knicks set up.

The organization will be hoping that they can convince him otherwise.

With Phil Jackson likely to play a key role in future discussions when he takes up his new position they will surely be hoping Melo is a little less indifferent when they finally get to speak.

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