The New York Knicks’ exit interviews were held yesterday, and three players — Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and Amar’e Stoudemire — spoke to the media. If you were unable to keep up with coverage throughout the day, here’s what you missed:
Carmelo was the first Knick to speak to reporters on Thursday. Naturally, there was much discussion surrounding his pending free agency.
While the seven-time All-Star insisted that he “wants to come back,” he also said he can’t “afford another season of losing”, that he isn’t “at the point in [his] career where [he wants] to rebuild” and that he isn’t “concerned about the money.”
On the subject of the Zen Master, ‘Melo said that Phil Jackson’s “knowledge and wisdom is something [he] could sit down and listen to all day long.”
So, what does all of that mean? Well, Anthony clearly wants to stay in New York, but he’s not going to do so unless there is a legitimate plan of action in place. Fortunately, with Phil aboard, that shouldn’t be much of an issue. I still say that, from a distance, it appears Carmelo will stay.
Carmelo also said that Mike Woodson is “almost a father figure” and that, if necessary, he would vouch for the head coach.
After Carmelo, Amar’e was second to speak to the media. He didn’t have many notable quotes, but, like Anthony, Stoudemire offered support for head coach Mike Woodson, saying he learned more defensively from Woodson than any coach he’s ever had. (Wow, Amar’e learned more defensively under Woodson than he did under Mike D’antoni! You go, Woodson!)
Stoudemire also said that “there were times when [the team] didn’t buy into [Woodson’s system] and as a result of that, [they] lost games.”
Though it seems unlikely that Woodson will remain as head coach, it did appear that both Carmelo and Amar’e are hoping that there will not be a coaching change.
Tyson Chandler was the third and final Knick to speak on Thursday.
Similarly to ‘Melo, Tyson scoffed at the idea of a rebuild. “I definitely don’t want to waste any seasons. I didn’t want to waste this season. I’m not into wasting seasons,” he said.
However, he also said that he “signed up to be part of this program” and that “the future can definitely be bright.”
As Knicks’ fans, let’s just hope Tyson is right.