Melo: Jackson gave me things to chew on during London dinner

Written By kom nampuldu on Kamis, 05 Februari 2015 | 18.18

Phil Jackson's quest to turn Carmelo Anthony into the consummate superstar continued in London. Jackson took Melo out dinner, feeding him his Zen Master wisdom, hoping it will rub off soon.

Jackson revealed in his recent interview with "When the Garden Was Eden" author Harvey Araton he took Anthony out to dinner during the British trip in mid-January and told him he only will get better in his 30s and that stars like Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan age like fine wine.

Anthony wouldn't reveal specifics of the dinner but said it was a worth more than just the fish and chips.

"We did have a conversation,'' Anthony said. "I thought we had a great conversation. As far as the specifics, I don't go there. There were some things said on his behalf I really took heed to. It gave me some more confidence as a player to be able to look forward to what we're trying to create here.

"From that standpoint, it was a great conversation. As far as the player I can become, I know I have some ways to go to become that player. We're working towards that with Phil. It takes a collective effort.''

Anthony made his remarks after the Knicks' wretched loss to the Celtics in which the Eastern Conference starting All-Star forward had one of his worse games of late — shooting 9-of-23 and looking uninspired on defense. Anthony did not blame his left-knee injury, but still hasn't yet committed to playing into March.

Coach Derek Fisher said it was possible Anthony won't play the complete back-to-back vs. the Nets on Friday and mighty Golden State on Saturday as a precaution. He definitely is a go to play in his hometown of Brooklyn, but could decide to sit out against the person he thought would coach him this season — Steve Kerr.

"I think we can't plan for both nights,'' Fisher said. "We don't know what it's going to take Friday.''


Fisher isn't going anyplace for All-Star Weekend, but don't expect him to be around for festivities or attend the Feb. 15 main event at the Garden. Fisher has been to several All-Star weekends as a bigwig union leader and president. He actually participated in Cleveland in the Rookie Challenge in 1997, scoring 16 points with five assists.

"I'll use the weekend as space get away from the game,'' Fisher said. "I rarely go to the actual game. I've been there a lot of weekends participating or in union meetings. I'll probably wait until we're participating at All-Star Weekend until I show back up.''


On-the-block Pablo Prigioni didn't participate in Tuesday's practice because of a sore hip that forced his late scratch against Boston.

Prigioni, who has not played in any of the last three games, tweeted in Spanish to confirm he suffered a hip injury at practice. Regrettably, the Spanish translation through Google translator mistakenly stated Prigioni tweeting he had a stroke.

Prigioni, 37, is a top candidate to be traded by the Feb. 19 deadline for a much-needed second-round pick.


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