Speaking to reporters ahead of the Knicks’ game against the Pacers on Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony acknowledged that team president Phil Jackson’s coaching days are well behind him.
“He’s not coming down. He’s not sitting on that sideline,” Anthony said. “Those days are long gone.”
The 70-year-old Jackson, who signed a five-year, $60 million deal to run the Knicks in 2014, has said that he is dealing with physical issues and is not in shape to coach anymore.
“It’s not in my physical capabilities to do that,” he told reporters after the firing of coach Derek Fisher in early February.
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The Knicks fired Fisher after starting the season 23–31, and replaced him with assistant Kurt Rambis on an interim basis. Since then, the team has gone 1–7.
– Kenny Ducey