Carmelo Anthony speaks on the Knicks' offseason plans

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Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony: Will They Ever Agree?

While the New York Knicks aren't participating in the postseason for the third consecutive year, they've maintained space in the headlines, primarily due to Phil Jackson's coaching search -- or lack thereof.

Few names have emerged through the first several weeks of the offseason, with reports indicating that interim head coach Kurt Rambis, who went 9-19 with the Knicks down the stretch and is 65-164 in his career, will likely be hired full-time due to his and Jackson's like-mindedness.

Carmelo Anthony has frequently communicated his desire to be a part of the process this offseason. It's a situation worth monitoring, with Anthony reportedly initially preferring Tom Thibodeau to take over, only for the Minnesota Timberwolves to hire the former Chicago coach earlier this month. Anthony told ESPN New York's Ian Begley that he believes Thibodeau would have accepted a coaching offer from Jackson if one was extended.

In the same interview session, at Grand Central Station in New York while promoting Gillette Clinical Clear Gel, Anthony further discussed this Knicks offseason in a one-on-one sit-down with AOL Sports.

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Asked whether he thinks the team would be comfortable with Rambis returning full-time, Anthony said, "I don't know the answer, to be honest with you. I haven't really talked to guys about this particular situation. At the end of the season, guys go in their own directions.

"I have no idea, to be honest with you," Anthony reiterated.

Anthony, who turns 32 next month, said in March, "I think you still have to at least listen to other candidates out there," according to the New York Daily News.

The nine-time All-Star also reinforced his desire to be a part of the team-building process this summer.

"That's what I want to have -- more of a powerful voice and a powerful say. It can only help," he said. "I'm not saying it because of an ego -- I have no ego, all it ties into is winning."

And while Anthony was hesitant to declare any expectations after a trio of disappointing Knicks campaigns, he shed some light as to how he views success.

"For me, my expectations go through the Knicks having a chance to win our division, get to the playoffs -- and not just getting comfortable with making it to the playoffs," he told AOL. "That's not successful to me anymore. It's different."

Anthony did speak glowingly about 20-year-old Kristaps Porzingis, who averaged 14 points and seven rebounds in his rookie campaign.

"I just want to see him come back stronger and just work on his game," Anthony said. "Just tighten up some of the things he feels that he could tighten up."

- By John Dorn

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On April 28th, Gillette Clinical Clear Gel will unveiled a "Pressure Chamber" in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall where tourists, commuters and New York's own participated in a polygraph test to experience how their bodies react when the stakes are high. Select guys even had their session moderated by Anthony. There are few moments that illicit a faster or more powerful pressure spike than the instant you're caught off guard by an unexpected question. Gillette Clinical Clear Gel deodorant activates when pressure spikes to give guys all day protection against odor and wetness.​


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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks looks on during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 12, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 4: Carmelo Anthony #15 smiles during the Syracuse Orangemen practice for their Final Four game of the NCAA Tournament on April 4, 2003 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 7: Carmelo Anthony #15 of Syracuse celebrates with Hakim Warrick #1 and other teammates after he and his team defeated Kansas 81-78 during the championship game of the NCAA Men's Final Four Tournament on April 7, 2003 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Anthony was named the tournaments most outstanding player. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: (R-L) LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony gets some laughs prior to the 2003 NBA Draft at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden on June 26, 2003 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Carmelo Anthony from Syracuse gets selected #3 overall in the first round by the Denver Nuggets shakes hands with NBA Commissioner David Stern during the 2003 NBA Draft at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden on June 26, 2003 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER CO., JUNE 27, 2003 - Denver Nuggets General Manager KiKi Vandeweghe , left, hands the Nuggets uniform to Carmelo Anthony from Syracuse University with Denver Nuggets first pick (third overall) in NBA Draft 2003 at Pepsi Center on Friday afternoon. (THE DENVER POST PHOTO BY HYOUNG CHANG) (Photo By Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Carmelo Anthony, winner of Best Male College Athlete (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage for ESPN)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, left, goes up for a shot against Utah jazz forward Jarron Collins in the first quarter in Denver on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, right, works the ball inside for a shot against New York Knicks forward Trevor Ariza in the first quarter in Denver on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony adjusts his headband during a break in the action against the New York Knicks in a photograph taken on Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, in Denver. The Nuggets' rash of injuries has given Anthony a chance to act as a clutch player and round out his role as a complete player. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony, left, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Clippers' Elton Brand defends during the second half of a first-round NBA basketball playoff game Saturday, April 22, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony looks at the scoreboard from the sideline in the closing seconds of the game against Los Angeles Clippers ' during their first round Western Conference playoff basketball game, Monday, April 24, 2006, in Los Angeles. Clippers defeated the Nuggets 98-87 to the lead the best-of-seven series, 2-0. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony speaks with the press Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, in Baltimore. Anthony, a Baltimore native, was in attendance at the grand opening of The Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center. The facility was built with his donation of $1.5 million over the next five years. (AP Photo / Matt Houston)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, front, and guard Allen Iverson react as the Nuggets fall behind by double digits in the fourth quarter of the Houston Rockets' 108-97 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Friday, March 2, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony is seen during the second half of a basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2007. The Nuggets won 111-105. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Houston Rockets forward Shane Battier, right, covers Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony in the third quarter of the Nuggets' 112-111 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony looks on against the Memphis Grizzlies in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets' 108-86 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Wednesday, March 12, 2008. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony (15) drives past New York Knicks forward Wilson Chandler, left, in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets' 117-110 victory in their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. Anthony had 32 points to lead the Nuggets to victory. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony looks for break in the defense of the San Antonio Spurs in the third quarter of the Nuggets' 104-96 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, left, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum defends during the second half of Game 2 in their NBA Western conference final basketball series, Thursday, May 21, 2009, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 106-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony sets for a fre throw against the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets' 111-101 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony speaks with the media after a NBA basketball practice Saturday, Dec. 11 , 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
New York Knicks newest basketball player Carmelo Anthony, right, holds up his new jersey with team owner James Dolan, left, during a news conference before an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) drives between New Jersey Nets' Stephen Graham and Sundiata Gaines (1) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, in New York. The Knicks won 88-82. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, left, holds back Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. The Knicks won 108-87. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives the ball down court during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony warms up before an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony points toward the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Clippers, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrates with teammates Lance Thomas (42) and Langston Galloway (2) after a 3-point basket by Galloway against the Orlando Magic during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in New York. New York won 113-106. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
CORRECTS DATE- New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony watches St. John's face Duke in an NCAA college basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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