Carmelo Anthony asked Phil Jackson for roster help, but knows for now Knicks ‘have what they have’


Carmelo Anthony explained that one of the reasons he re-signed with the Knicks this summer was due to having a sense of unfinished business. He forced his way to New York midway through the 2011 season, and hadn’t yet accomplished enough there to consider his time with the team a success.

But making a commitment to stay with the Knicks also meant foregoing winning at the highest level in the immediate future — something which was more readily available in places like Chicago or Houston in free agency.

Anthony said he was willing to be patient with the franchise in terms of its ability to add talent, and reiterated it a week into training camp, while admitting he wants some help on the offensive end of the floor at the same time.

From Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York:

“For this season, right now, we have what we have,” Anthony said when asked if he feels he has the help he is looking for. “We’re going to deal with that. That was a big discussion with me and Phil — that was one of my things.”

During free agency, Anthony told Jackson that he wanted and needed help. … He put his trust in Jackson that the Knicks president will be able to find him more help when the team has cap space next summer.

“I didn’t want to have to do it night in and night out,” Anthony said. “I wanted some nights when somebody else can pick up the load. Right now, with the way we’re playing [in training camp], I don’t have to do everything. But we haven’t played one game. … So we’ll see what happens.”

The Triangle Offense is one of equal opportunity to a certain extent. The players are consistently in motion, and when the ball swings to one of them, there are multiple options available for everyone — including the chance to take an open shot.

A cohesive offensive system could help the Knicks immensely. Too many times last season, there were players simply squatting behind the three-point line in the corners, with terrible point guard play forcing Anthony to try to do as much of the scoring as possible in isolation sets.

There’s only so much talent available on this season’s roster. But Anthony believes in Jackson’s vision, and trusts that he’ll go out and get the appropriate amount of help for him just as soon as the team has the cap space necessary to do so.