Carmelo Anthony: Communication on hire needed if Knicks to right ship

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 1:50 PM

"I think you've to," he said Wednesday night. "I think you've to have some type of input, whether it'south input or dialogue, whatever word that you wish to use.

Carmelo Anthony: Communication on hire needed if Knicks to right ship

NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony would love to have some input on the Knicks' upcoming personnel decisions, including the club'south following head-coaching hire.

"I think you've to," he said Wednesday night. "I think you've to have some type of input, whether it'south input or dialogue, whatever word that you wish to use. I think you've to have that. I think at this point it needs to be some type of connection, some type of communication. Particularly if we wish to right this ship, there definitely needs to be some type of communication."

Anthony added that he'd yet to speak to team president Phil Jackson or other members of the team'south front office about plans to fill the coaching vacancy.

The Knicks are giving powerful consideration to making interim coach Kurt Rambis their full-time coach, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN. com on Tuesday that Rambis, who's served as the Knicks' interim coach since Derek Fisher was fired Feb. eight, is Jackson'south preferred choice. Sources declare Jackson is pushing for a new multiyear deal for Rambis despite New York'south 8-17 record since the coaching change.

Anthony, thirty-one, on Wednesday commended Rambis' work as interim coach.

"I love Kurt," he said. "I thought he was kind of thrown into a tough situation with the firing of [Fisher] and kind of gathering the troops, getting guys to play and finish the season up. As distant as what'south going to happen this summer, this offseason and following year, who'south going to be in that spot, I've number idea. I haven't had any conversations with anybody about that. I'm beautiful sure they'll address that when the offseason comes.

"I'd love to have some type of input when it comes to that. But love I said, nobody has had a conversation about that yet."

Anthony said latest mo that Rambis should be considered for the team'south coaching vacancy. He said he believed that Rambis should be judged based on how the team responded to him once he took over.

But Anthony, speaking during the team'south W Coast road trip, added: "I think you still have to at minimum hear to other candidates out there."

Rambis said Wednesday that he'd fully welcome the opportunity to coach the team full time.

"It'd be fantastic," Rambis said before the Knicks' 111-97 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. "I wish to be a head coach in this league. This is a grand franchise; it'south a terrific city, fan base. It'd be a thrill beyond thrills in order to obtain this situation from where it was when we all first came here and turn it into a situation where it'south extremely promising and we've a chance to obtain in the playoffs and do well in the playoffs and get this city and this organization a potential championship. That'south a goal, and that'd be a tremendous thrill."

Rambis worked two stints as an helper coach to Jackson with the LA Lakers, joining him for four of his eleven championship rings, and has grown very near to Jackson thanks to that longstanding relationship.

"We communicate well," Rambis said of Jackson. "Is anybody within this organization satisfied with where we're at? No. We know we've to improve."

Sources declare Jackson, who took his post with the Knicks in March two thousand fourteen, has had a much more frequent presence at Knicks practices at residence since Rambis took over.

"We're on the same page in terms of what'south needed, what'south missing, what we aren't doing well. We've a clear understanding of that," Rambis said of his relationship with Jackson. "Presently it'south just a matter of being in a situation where we can exact that and obtain the guys playing the way we'd love for them to play and the way we envision them playing."

Rambis, though, pushed back against the idea that he'd be a puppet of sorts as a coach below Jackson. Fisher, Jackson'south first coaching hire, also bristled at the perception of being below Jackson's thumb.

"I grew up playing basketball a certain way, and it'south very consistent with what Phil believes and thinks," Rambis said. "So I don't consider myself a puppet of his. It'south just a mindset of how we think the game should be played."

Rambis added that a near relationship between coaches and team executives is vital for success. It'south believed that he wasn't in lockstep with MN Timberwolves executives during his two-season coaching stint there. He went 32-132 in MN from 2009-11.

"It'south extremely important," Rambis said of the coach-executive relationship. "It'south so necessary that that'south why you look some coaches that have influence in this league wanting to be able to be the administrator and the head coach, and hopefully they've a excellent relationship with themselves."

He added: "The owners have to be driven, too. We've that here. [Knicks owner James] Dolan is driven to win a championship, so that'south never a concern. So having that relationship and understanding and being on the same page is critical to making everything work well."

Jackson, seventy, has insisted that he can number longer handle the day-to-day rigors of coaching. Sources declare he sees Rambis as the coach best suited to not only running the triangle offense he favors but also manage the team using Jackson'south long-held principles.

Rambis has running the triangle with the Knicks and says the club is improving but isn't near to where it needs to be to running the offense well.

Asked Wednesday whether he felt he'd done sufficient to indicate that he can move the team forward, Rambis said, "Have they moved forward as much as I'd love them to? No.

"I've high expectations for myself. I've high expectations for the team. I think the future of this organization is bright, is promising. I'd like to be a portion of that process as it moves forward."

ESPN'south Marc Stein contributed to this report.

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