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Phil Jackson says Carmelo Anthony will move the ball

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony smiles as he takes

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony smiles as he takes the court before the start of the Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game at the Barclays Center on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Credit: James Escher

Phil Jackson believes Carmelo Anthony will move the ball more this season and try to get his Knicks teammates more involved.

Jackson said in an interview with The New York Post that Anthony is on board with not trying to score all the time, and will buy into the triangle offense under first-year coach Derek Fisher.

"That's where Carmelo's gonna move forward this year in that situation - the ball can't stop," the Knicks' president said. "The ball has to continually move. It moves or goes to the hoop on a shot or a drive or something like that. In our offense, that's part of the process of getting players to play in that rhythm."

Jackson also said one player taking 25 or 27 shots a game "can't happen in basketball."

Anthony moved the ball two years ago when he led the Knicks to 54 wins. They had more weapons that season than last season when they won only 37 games and Anthony took most of the scoring burden.

Jackson was asked if Anthony, who re-signed with the Knicks over the summer on a five-year, $124-million deal, is on board with the Zen Master's vision.

He said, "All we talked about in our negotiation was, 'I'd like not to have to feel like I have to carry the load to score every night.' He wants some help."

New York Sports