Carmelo Anthony says he's willing to change playing style to win championships
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has repeatedly said that he will opt out of his contract this summer and become a free agent. But with the arrival of Phil Jackson, who will take over the team's presidency, Anthony says he will do whatever it takes if he stays in New York to help bring a championship to the Knicks.
"I'm willing to do whatever," Anthony said. "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," Anthony continued. "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."
Anthony said he hasn't spoken to Jackson yet, but hopes to attend Tuesday's introductory press conference for Jackson.
"As far as knowing what it takes to win, Phil is the best to ever do it," Anthony said. "And I haven't won anything [and] he's won a lot. I can learn a lot from him and his system, things that he wants to incorporate here.
The Knicks can offer Anthony more money in free agency than any other team and can sign a five-year max deal that could be worth as much as $129 million. The Knicks (27-40) are still 3.5 games out of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but have won six games in a row.