Report: Carmelo Anthony would like Knicks hiring David Blatt

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Carmelo Anthony said he wants a voice in the Knicks’ coaching search.

He also said he hasn’t spoken to Phil Jackson, and I doubt that has changed while Jackson vacations.

But, one way or another, Anthony is going to be heard.

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Carmelo Anthony likes the idea of hiring former Cavaliers coach David Blatt, according to a person familiar with his thinking.

The source said Anthony feels Blatt could develop Porzingis into an All-Star quicker with his international touch.

Whether Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis can have overlapping primes is the biggest issue facing the Knicks. Time is running out for Anthony, who turns 32 this month, to play at such a high level. Can the 20-year-old Porzingis polish his immense talent quickly enough to help Anthony win in New York? If so, the Knicks’ success could increase exponentially, because they’ll better draw free agents. If not, Anthony will have to think harder about waiving his no-trade clause (and getting a financial windfall)

So, Anthony doesn’t have time to waste with a lesser coach like Kurt Rambis – Jackson’s apparent preference.

Even though Anthony’s friend LeBron James clashed with Blatt in Cleveland, Blatt is a better coach than Rambis. Jackson at least appears open to hiring Blatt, too.

It’s too late for a dream choice like Tom Thibodeau, who took the Timberwolves job. But from Anthony’s perspective, at this point, Blatt probably looks like an acceptable compromise.