Phil Jackson Must Also Consider Life After Carmelo Anthony During Offseason

March 10th, 2015 by John Dorn Leave a reply »

"Win-now mode" is one of the more common cliches when it comes to the state of an NBA team, especially in New York.

It's also one of the most dangerous. 

Being in win-now mode implies that losing later is okay. With the future already mortgaged, it opens the door to chronic failure should the win-now experiment falter. 

There are ways to win now without necessarily being a win-now team. For the New York Knicks, this is important for Phil Jackson to remember heading into this offseason.

It's true that each NBA career is finite, and after signing 30-year-old Carmelo Anthony to a five-year deal, the Knicks' cornerstone will be in the twilight of his prime over these next few seasons. Jackson could possibly have trouble keeping the bigger picture in mind.

But Jackson was hired to rebuild the Knicks into a winning organization, and the Knicks franchise doesn't expire with Anthony's contract—or Jackson's own. Both 'Melo and Phil's deals may run out after the 2018 season, and when they do—regardless of the Knicks' success in the meantime—Jackson is ...

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