Carmelo Anthony says Phil Jackson hasn't talked to him about coaching search

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Carmelo Anthony is one of the most popular and recognisable faces in the NBA today, and he's had no problem over the last few months using his status to talk about the New York Knicks and their many problems.

The nine-time All-Star has spoken extensively about what the Knicks need to do in free agency, recruiting Rajon Rondo, making the most out of his own prime years and making sure the franchise has the best coach it can possibly get.

However, while Melo has had a lot to say on those topics to the media, it appears that Knicks president Phil Jackson isn't as receptive as the public.

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The 31-year old explained during a promotional appearance in Manhattan on Thursday that although he would have thought he would have had the opportunity to liase with Big Phil, there has been no dialogue as of yet.

"I'm pretty sure people would assume that [I'd be in contact with Jackson]. I would assume that too," Anthony told ESPN. "But what can I do? Bang down the door? Knock down the door and point a finger at Phil and say why hell you ain't ... ."

Anthony trailed off in a chuckle to finish his quote, but this is obviously a pretty big issue for the superstar forward. It seems it's almost every week he has something to say about how the organisation can better itself, and earlier on Thursday, he was on Sirius XM Radio explaining what would constitute a problem in New York's search for a new head coach.

"It needs to be a process. As long as there's a process and you go through the proper channels to figure out exactly what you want to do, then I don't have no problem with that," Anthony told the radio channel. "But if you don't go through that process and you don't at least look and see what's out there, then we have a problem."

It was only in 2014 that Anthony penned a five-year deal worth $124,064,681 with a no trade agreement to boot. One could argue if he was this unhappy with the direction of the franchise, he could have ignored the money and pursued a championship elsewhere.

However, he looks destined to stay in the Big Apple for the foreseeable future and one man he claims would have definitely joined him is new Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations, Tom Thibodeau.

"I'm pretty sure in Thibodeau's situation, I'm pretty sure he wanted to come. He waited a while to see if [New York] was going to reach out to him. It didn't happen," Anthony told ESPN. "I'm pretty sure if he would've gotten offered the job, he would have [taken] it with no regret. He would have jumped on it. I know that for a fact."

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