Carmelo Anthony speaks on the Knicks' offseason plans

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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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)
Carmelo Anthony of the U.S. Olympic team celebrates alongisde head coach Larry Brown during their practice game against New Zealand, in Jacksonville, Florida July 30, 2004. The U.S. team will also play against Puerto Rico on July 31 in Jacksonville in preparation of the summer Olympics in Athens. REUTERS/Tami Chappell TLC/GN
Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets (L) and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers talk during the 2005 NBA All-Star Rookie Challenge game in Denver February 18, 2005. Both players were playing on the sophomore team in the game. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson RTW
Denver Nuggets guard Carmelo Anthony (15) drives to the hoop to score 2 of his career high 42 points, leading his team to a 101-85 win against the Charlotte Bobcats at Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, December 13, 2005. REUTERS/Robert Padgett
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 16: Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets listens to his head phones prior to a game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 16, 2006 in New York, New York. The Nuggets won 123-100. 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 2006 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER - DECEMBER 26: Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets gives a thumbs up against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 26, 2007 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. 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 2007 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson (L) celebrates in the closing seconds with teammate Carmelo Anthony as they defeated the Phoenix suns in the NBA basketball game in Denver, Colorado April 1, 2008. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant (L) chats up Denver Nuggets Carmelo Anthony (R) in Game 2 of their NBA basketball playoff series in Los Angeles, April 23, 2008. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES)
(L-R) Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony joke during USA men's basketball team training for the Beijing Olympics, in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 28, 2008. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
Carmelo Anthony (L), Dwight Howard (C) and Kobe Bryant of the U.S. sit on the bench during the final minutes of their Group B men's basketball game against China at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 10, 2008. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (CHINA)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony goes to the hoop past Dallas Mavericks' Jason Kidd (L) and Dirk Nowitzki during Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoffs in Denver May 13, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates a three-point shot against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference final basketball playoff game in Los Angeles, May 19, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony (R) reaches in on Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in the second quarter in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Finals basketball game in Denver May 29, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Leffingwell (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL)
(L-R) New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony poses with teammates Amar'e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups at a news conference to introduce Anthony and Billups as the newest members of the Knicks, after being acquired from the Denver Nuggets in a trade, at Madison Square Garden in New York February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
East All Star Amare Stoudamire (L) of the New York Knicks and West All Star Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets look for a rebound during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Los Angeles, February 20, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
New York Knicks forwards Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire (R) share a laugh on the bench in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden in New York, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after he made a three-point shot against the Orlando Magic in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York March 28, 2011. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Olympics - London 2012 Olympic Games - North Greenwich Arena - 12/8/12 Basketball - Men's Basketball Gold Medal Game - USA v Spain - (From L-R) USA's Kevin Durrant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant celebrate with their gold medals Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Paul Childs Livepic PLEASE NOTE: FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after he was called for a foul against the Indiana Pacers in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff series at Madison Square Garden in New York, May 5, 2013. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
NBA basketball player Carmelo Anthony poses at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Sports 2014 award show in Los Angeles July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT BASKETBALL)
Nov 20, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 104-94. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
2016 Rio Olympics - Basketball - Final - Men's Gold Medal Game Serbia v USA - Carioca Arena 1 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 21/8/2016. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski (USA) of the USA congratulates Carmelo Anthony (USA) of the USA during the latter part of the game. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Basketball - Final - Men's Victory Ceremony - Carioca Arena 1 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 21/8/2016. Carmelo Anthony (USA) of the USA poses with fans. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. Picture Supplied by Action Images
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 10: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on October 10, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. 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 2017 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - OCTOBER 8: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder watches game action against Melbourne United during the first half of a NBA preseason game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on October 8, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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 J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 25: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder watch the game clock during the second half of game 5 of the Western Conference playoffs against the Utah Jazz at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 25, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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 J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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