Carmelo Anthony has long been criticized for his inability to be an effective defender. His offensive game is right up there with the best players in the game, but his defense is worthy of the criticism it receives.
However, he says that he's willing to do whatever it takes for a chance to win
, now that legendary coach Phil Jackson has joined the Knicks' front office.
"I'm willing to do whatever. As long as it's gonna put me in a position to win, I'm willing to do whatever. I'm not sold or stuck on my play. What I've been able to do these past 10-11 years has gotten me at where I am right now. If Phil wants to come in and change that this late in my career, if it's going to help me win a championship, I'm with it. As far as knowing what it takes to win, Phil is the best to ever do it. So for me to be able to have the opportunity and have him by my side, for him to teach me, you know, because I'm still willing to learn the game of basketball. And I haven't won anything, he's won a lot. I can learn a lot from him and his system, things that he wants to incorporate here. I'm hoping and praying this all works."
That's cool for him to say, but the reality is that he might not be learning under Jackson's tutelage for much longer. He is most likely going to opt out of his contract and seek free agency after this year, and text the market.
The Knicks would be able to pay him more, but there's a chance that they'll opt for a sign-and-trade to bolster their team with pieces they can get in a trade for Carmelo.
It's good to see a shift in Carmelo's attitude, but it might be too little, too late in New York.