INDIANAPOLIS — Phil Jackson promised to be more hands-on this season, but he hasn’t addressed the Knicks collectively since firing coach Derek Fisher nor has he spoken to Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony said Jackson hasn’t talked to the team recently, and that he’s not personally seeking out the Knicks president to discuss Jackson’s master plan for fixing the team, but that time will come.
“I’ll have my opportunity to talk to him,” Anthony said Wednesday before the Knicks’ morning shootaround. “I don’t think that’s the way to go at this point. It’s about winning games at this point. But I’ll have my opportunity to talk to Phil about that.”
Anthony, however, said he spoke to general manager Steve Mills before and after last week’s trade deadline. The Knicks, who have lost 12 of 14 games, did not make any moves at the trade deadline.
“I haven’t talked to Phil,” Anthony said. “We’ve been back a week or so. He hasn’t sat down with the team and addressed anything like that.”
Anthony downplayed it when he was asked about star players having good relationships with their superiors. Jackson had it with Michael Jordan and eventually Kobe Bryant. But Anthony said it’s different because Jackson was coaching.
“I don’t think it’s to the point where when he was coaching, and he had that player-coach relationship,” Anthony said. “He’s more in the front office, doing front-office work right now. I don’t think it’s the same relationship.”
Anthony has a no-trade clause that he’s said he wouldn’t waive, but he could reconsider that this offseason.
The Knicks (24-34) are in 13th place in the East and need to leap over five teams to make the playoffs. It’s likely they will miss out for the third straight year. That doesn’t sit well with Anthony, who voiced his frustration and displeasure with Monday’s loss to Toronto.
“It was just kind of a bad day, bad night,” Anthony said. “Sometimes it hits you sometimes and you don’t know how to react to it. The best thing to do is get yourself away from it for a little bit, step out of it and relax, decompress a little bit and remove yourself.”
Anthony came into this season with a positive outlook and altered his game to get his teammates more involved. But the current state of the team is clearly wearing on Anthony, who has been playing with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.
“Part of it is the fact that you try to remain so positive throughout the whole situation,” he said. “Some days it just hits you. It challenges you as a person, as player, as a competitor and you just got to adapt to that in the heat of the moment.”
Rambis: Fredette pushed around a bit
Interim coach Kurt Rambis said he planned to stay with the same rotations when asked about how Jimmer Fredette has picked up things. Rambis said during an “aggressive, defense practice” Tuesday that Fredette “got pushed around a little bit.”
Fredette, who was signed to a 10-day contract Monday, is a great shooter but his defense has always been his Achilles heel.
“It’s not like it was something obvious, like he’s falling down all over the place,” Rambis said. “You just see when guys get more physical then there could be more issues.”