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May 1, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson (left) argues with NBA referee Monty McCutchen (13, right) against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Is Mark Jackson the key to Carmelo Anthony staying?

Another week has passed and the New York Knicks are nowhere near closer to having a head coach than they were the day Phil Jackson fired Mike Woodson.

May 1, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson looks on during the second quarter in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Clippers 100-99. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

With that in mind, every week that passes we are also a week closer to Carmelo Anthony possibly testing the free agent market.

Even Jackson admitted during his media session on Friday that he is not losing sleep over Anthony leaving, but is concerned about him opting out and hitting free agency.

However while Jackson has also noted that he has talked to Anthony about opting-in this season, one man could very well hold all of the cards in making sure ‘Melo is in a Knicks uniform this year and beyond.

That guy is Mark Jackson.

While Phil Jackson is considering many factors in who will coach the Knicks next, one of them needs to be Anthony and if that is the case hiring Mark Jackson should be a no-brainer.

However while Mark Jackson isn’t experienced with the triangle offense, he apparently is the guy that Anthony wants to see hired as the Knicks next head coach.

ESPN’s Ian Begley reports that one source familiar with Anthony’s thinking on the matter said recently that the star forward would “embrace” the opportunity to play for Mark Jackson.

That doesn’t mean that Melo would only play for Jackson, but he pretty much laid out his hand.

At the end of the day I really can’t see Anthony wanting to play for an inexperienced coach, especially with a guy like Jackson available.

However if Phil Jackson is taking Anthony’s free agency into account while searching for a coach, shouldn’t he take a serious look at Mark Jackson?

Ultimately it could be Mark Jackson who holds all the cards in determining where Anthony will play next season.

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